ADATA XPG SX8200 Is Awesome!

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by cybereality, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. cybereality

    cybereality 2[H]4U

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    I've used Samsung on the last few builds and decided to try something different. Went with an ADATA XPG SX8200 and I'm really happy with it. This machine previously had a Samsung 840 Pro SATA OS drive, replaced it with the ADATA M.2 and things are blazing. I installed 7-Zip and the installer went so fast it was just a flash on the screen and it was done. Never seen things these fast. Really happy with the purchase, price was decent too.

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  2. daglesj

    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    I picked up a ADATA 6000 NVMe for not a lot and it's been pretty great too for the money. The controller chip runs HOT though. I stuck a heatsink on mine.
     
  3. wareyore

    wareyore Limp Gawd

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    Agreed. I, too, recently used Samsung's 960 EVO's and after a borked firmware upgrade decided to look for an alternative. I just purchased an XPG SX8200 480GB version and it rivals the Samsung's in performance.

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  4. TangledThornz

    TangledThornz Limp Gawd

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    I bought my SX8200 960Gb for $260 about 2 months ago but you may be able to find it for much less if you keep an eye out for deals.

    And yes, it performs great.
     
  5. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    I have a 250GB version and it's great. I was disappointed I missed out on the 500GB one for under $100.
     
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    wadec22 2[H]4U

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    i bought the mushkin pilot 500gb from newegg ebay store and i would agree. not the exact same drive but same controller. reads a little slower than the sx8200, writes a little faster....

    i had recently cloned two sata ssd drives using macrium and it took 27 min. cloning a 850 evo to the pilot took just over 5 minutes! big transfers are a huge improvement.

    having said that everyday usage and gaming is much like others have said - no real tangible benefit loading windows, games or anything like that.

    runs very cool as well.

    now that the premium for the nvme drives isn't such a gap over sata - makes it a no brainer for these type of drives when on deal.
     
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  7. daglesj

    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    I often tell folks not to get too excited when buying NVMe gear. However, I don't see an issue with someone paying $100-$200 for some NVMe goodness only to be a little disappointed maybe with the real life performance boost. I've done it but it's nice to know your kit is running at it's best so it evens out.

    However, I just think it's madness when folks try to convince themselves to spend $1000-$2000 on high end controllers and NVMe Optane (whatever) RAID0 setups that will get the same real life boost.

    But...but the benchmarks...
     
  8. wadec22

    wadec22 2[H]4U

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    Agree 100%. when the difference between a 860 EVO and a good NVME at 500gb is $15 when both on deal - might as well get the NVME and enjoy the really fast LARGE transfers. Otherwise it's completely unnecessary. Optane, etc. is bleeding edge... certainly no value there. I've read an awful lot but no personal experience, so I won't weigh in there. :)
     
  9. Abula

    Abula Gawd

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    The ADATA XPG SX8200 is a superb offering, very competitve with Samsung 970Evo but cheaper. For me, i either go for the ADATA XPG SX8200 or if i need the endurance, the Samsung 970Pro.
     
  10. tedych

    tedych [H]Lite

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    Ok, Large transfers.. but to "enjoy" them you need another drive as fast as this one ;) . If you copy anything off this fast drive to anything that is not nvme, you get 4-500MB/s max, SATA speeds. Only if buffering is in place and you have gigantic amount of RAM you could see an initial burst in speed until file cache is filled (few seconds).
    Otherwise it's "completely unnecessary" :) .
    Well, maybe not "absolutely" - there are scenarios where above-sata-speeds could be enjoyed like scratch disks in Photoshop or other activities envolving working with very large files (video?!) where opening and saving them is faster. If you have large amount of RAM, this is less of an issue though. OS caches aggressively, so do most programs working with large files. But most people buy NVMEs for system drives and not so much for working drives unless they have two m.2's and money to buy second 1TB+ NVME :) .
     
  11. wareyore

    wareyore Limp Gawd

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    What is this "completely unnecessary" you speak of?

    This is [H].

    All speed possible is absolutely necessary always.
     
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  12. daglesj

    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    Ahhh I remember those carefree days...


    I'll leave you to worry about that. Some of us have mortgages etc. to pay for and are too old to waste time running just benchmarks all day. ;):)
     
  13. wadec22

    wadec22 2[H]4U

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    You don't necessarily need two. Like I said cloning my OS SSD to my name took 5 min vs 27 min to clone two SSD drives. But your point is valid, limited scenarios...
     
  14. craigdt

    craigdt Gawd

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    Yes- The SX6000 is a great value.
    Its awesome not having to run wires through the case.
    The top right one shows my benchmarks with it, vs my other storage devices.

    Not as fast as the 960 EVO, but great value.

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  15. cybereality

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    Here's mine. Doesn't look too shabby.

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  16. daglesj

    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    What temp does yours sit at? Just sitting there, not in use.