Adata is well-established and leading storage-solution provider in the world. Offering memory units and storage devices, Adata set a new standard of design and beauty of PC component in addition to quality consumer-grade products. The prominent product line from Adata comprises SSD, RAM and portable HDD. However, since 2002, Adata has been releasing the gaming product incorporates NVMe SSDs, DRAMs under the umbrella of XPG, a sub-brand of Adata that has been doing exceptionally well. Not to mention the high-performance NVMe Gammix S10, S11 Pro and the latest Spectrix D80 RAM kit, which genuinely built for devoted gamers and overclockers, are the best portfolio of the company right now. The Gammix series NVMe M.2 drives are quite a fame, but frankly the budgeted SX series SSDs making its impact in the consumer market perfectly well. Adata XPG has recently launched one of the fastest SX8200 Pro PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

Today, we are taking a look at the Adata XPG SX8200 PRO 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. The drive equipped with 3D NAND TLC Flash memory and support NVMe 1.3 ensuring speedy performance and greater reliability out of the box. Having to interface protocol of M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4, the SSD not only fulfilling the modern standards but leverages the rapid PCIe Gen3x4 Interface by offering read/write up to 3500/3000 MB/s. The intelligent SLC caching and DRAM cache buffer allows reducing the response time, which essentially makes an SSD suitable for gamers and professional editing workloads.

The SX 8200 Pro series comes in four different capacities: 256GB, 512GB, 1GB and 2TB. We do not see the latest one in the market yet, but the first three models are readily available on stores.

  • Ultra-fast PCIe Gen3x4 interface: R/W speed up to 3500/3000MB/s
  • NVMe 1.3 support 512GB 3D NAND Flash for higher capacity and durability
  • Advanced LDPC ECC Technology
  • SLC Caching and DRAM cache buffer
  • E2E Data Protection and RAID Engine
  • Compact M.2 2280 form factor – ideal for gaming and high-end desktops

The Package and the Content:

The SSD comes in a black, cardboard box having content across the sides. The front area has a brief overview of the product. The SSD is pictured in the middle of the box. A new thing that we can witness here is the newly added brand symbol declares “extreme gaming performance” product. The symbol especially denotes the extreme performance of the product is just a new induction to the XPG products. The website also now displays the same logo on the front page at the top. So with this trend, we’ll expect this logo to be appeared on future gaming products, too.

The backside is populated with multilingual content on left, while on the right is the barcode sticker, a look-through rectangular window for SSD. A tiny icon showing 5 years’ warranty takes our attention is located right next. Finally, the safety and product certification can be seen bottom of the box.
The SX8200 PRO 256GB SSD

Inside the box, we found an SSD itself firmly bed on a plastic tray, a typical packaging standard for SSDs and DRAMs. Alongside, a DIY heatsink to be used as a heatsink or heatspreader on SSD. Honestly, we never thought of anything except a naked M.2 SSD, but this DIY heatsink is a bonus for us. The overall package is extremely lightweight with 08-gram weight. The part number is ASX8200PNP-256GT-C, SX8200PNP 256GB COLOR BOX.
A close look:

The NVMe SSD appears as a gum stick style drive with fully black PCB. The black one is trendy and portrays the standard of gaming-outlook these days. The top of the PCB carries small heatsinks; two big and one smaller next to it, are in black. The extreme right has a heatsink appears in a silver colour scheme. One side of the SSD provides an NVMe M.2 interface that bridges the M.2 interface protocol located on the motherboard. The divider separates 5 gold pins confirms the NVMe M.2 is an M-Key type. Well, there are different cut designs that distinguish one from another.

The mSATA can be identified with a small form factor and a cut on the right specifically designed to be used with 3.0 link speed of 6Gb/s. The M.2 SATA SSD with 2-cut design comes in three different sizes 2240, 2260 and 2280. The engineers have given the SSD special Keyed character, in this way, M.2 SATA SSD has three sets of key i.e. B, M and B+M, which can be installed on both B-keyed and M-Keyed interface.

On one of the side, the M.2 NVMe SSD has a single cut M-Key design, allows to use interface of M-Key only. While there is endless information regarding M.2 based SSD’s physical design, we are only focusing on the one we have in question.

The other end of the stick has a half-cut design in the middle assists screw lock on the motherboard, a standard design for any NVMe M.2 SSD. We don’t see any screw inside the box, but that’s not an issue here, as you will probably get one pre-installed on the motherboard. So we will be using the one we have on the motherboard.

Even without heatsink, the drives offer a decent showcase. The combination of black and silver heatsinks gives a good touch to the aesthetics. Our drive has two NAND flash packages and in the middle with one smaller DRAM cache block for standard contribution to the drive performance. Examining the silver-plated heatsink/heat spreader, which underneath a standard SM2262EN controller packs with performance, which utilizes Nanya DRAM cache to maintain the performance consistency. This SMI controller is the latest to Silicon Motion, was being first used in HP EX950 NVME M.2 SSD. The SM2262EN is a PCIe NVMe Gen 3.1 x4 lane, 8-channel SSD controller, while the first one was SM2262 being used in Intel 760P NVMe SSD. The XPG SX8200 Pro leveraging the SM2262EN controller for faster and improved performance. This new version of the SM controller is being used for the first time in Adata’s retail product. Before that, there was SM2262 controller that happened...

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