Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the Adata XPG SX8200 240GB M.2 SDD. This SSD storage device is designed for PC enthusiasts, dedicated gamers, and overclockers. It features an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3x4 interface, supports NVMe 1.3 specifications and offers sustained peak R/W speeds of 3200/1700MB per second.
I can’t stress how important it is to have a fast boot drive, especially when running Windows 10. So when I go the chance to build a new system … I decided to get the Adata XPG SX8200 240GB SSD as it was on sale. A new even faster model Adata XPG SX8200 Pro, has just been released and will replace this current model.
Confused and NAND flash memory? Well, there are several types of NAND flash memory used in most of today’s SSDs. The two most popular are SLC and MLC, and now TLC. Here’s a little background taken from Tomsitpro.
SLC — Single Level Cell: the most expensive, longest lived (high P/E), and generally fastest. Bits are stored only as 2 voltage levels, or a “1” or “0.” In SLC less data is stored per cell, so the per unit storage cost is higher.
MLC — Multi-Level Cell: is consumer grade and used in phones, cameras, and USB sticks. The stored charge in MLC may be interpreted as a variety of values, 0 to 3, or 4 possible states, and may store 2 bits. With shorter lifetimes, usually 10x less than SLC, the advantage of this memory is that the cost is 2- 4x less than SLC, but with lower write speeds. MLC typically uses some form of error correction code per block.
eMLC — Enterprise (grade) Multi-Level Cell: is MLC with longer life, usually because of an advanced controller operating the cell and error recovery techniques, construction density, or some combination of the two. Violin has an interesting explanation of the practical differences between NAND types here.
TLC — Triple Level Cell: championed by Samsung, TLC has higher power and error correction requirements, and higher wear levels. TLC is targeted at environments with predominant read uses, and has not been commonly used.
About ADATA XPG
Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a sub-brand of ADATA Technology offering the highest-performing computer peripheral products. XPG products distinguish themselves by surpassing ADATA’s stringent A+ Testing Methodology, which ensures the highest standards for superior product stability and ultra-high performance. XPG provides gamers, high-tech product enthusiasts, and overclockers with an extraordinary journey best experienced at full-tilt.
Not only does the XPG line sport solid technical features, its strength shines through just by its sheer cool appearance that has earned prestigious accolades worldwide such as Good Design from Japan and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. ADATA XPG products are recognized by overclockers and world-renowned professional gaming teams who use ADATA XPG products as their ultimate weapons for victory.
I’m expecting excellent read/write speeds as per advertised. What’s really amazing is the price. If you get anything above 3000 MB/s read, all for under $80 … then it must be a steal of the century! Can this be true? Let’s find out!
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