ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe NVMe 512GB SSD Review

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The SSD Benchmark Test System & TRIM Support

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Anniversary Update build 14393) and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. This means windows defender, windows update, disk fragmentation and everything else that would interfere with testing was disabled. Windows 10 also had the power option set to high performance. We also disabled Turbo mode on the Intel Core i7-5960X to ensure our numbers are spot on and repeatable.

ASUS X99 Sabertooth Motherboard

The Intel X99 platform that we used to test the storage drives was based around the ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard with BIOS 3402 that came out on 09/23/2016. We used Intel RST storage drivers, the exact version was 14.5.0.1081. The Crucial Ballistix DDR4 32GB 2400MHz memory kit was run at 2666MHz with 15-15-15-28 1T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD was used as the primary drive.

Intel X99 Test Bench

Intel LGA 2011v3 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 5960X

Motherboard

ASUS X99 Sabertooth

Memory

Crucial Ballistix 2400MHz 32GB

OS Drive

Corsair Neutron XT 240GB

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

Operating System

Windows 10 64-Bit

CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.5 Readout:

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.5 shows that the ADATA XGP SX8000 series supports S.M.A.R.T. and nothing else, but we know that TRIM is supposed to be supported. The drive we received had firmware version C2.2.1 installed and that is the version that we used for general testing and benchmarking.

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe CrystalDiskInfo

The overall capacity shows up as 476 GB on the ADATA XGP SX8000 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD in Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe SSD Free Space

Does The ADATA XGP SX8000 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Series Support Trim? 

Most SSDs today support the TRIM command, but we still run a quick test to ensure that the command is being properly passed through to the SSD and being done. A great free utility called TRIMCheck can be run to ensure that TRIM is functioning properly.

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe SSD TRIM Command

According to TRIMCheck v0.7 ,the ADATA XGP SX8000 M.2 PCIe NVMe series does execute the TRIM command correctly!

Let’s have a look at the performance!

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  • Skip Ruddertail

    Would you be able to put the drive through some gaming benchmarks to test the marketing claim that this is a drive for gamers? I’d be curious to see what the actual real-world difference is going from a SATA based SSD to one of these to a high end Samsung 960. From this article we know how this compares to other NVMe SSDs, which is helpful, but we don’t really know what this means in terms of actual usage.

  • Some charts are really hard to read, I mean I’m not colorblind at all but you know what I mean.

    My conclusion is if the extra 32GB offered here over the MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB is not a big deal, it’s better to go with the latter. Right?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      The ADATA SX8000 runs pretty cool, so for a bad airflow case or laptop it might be the better long term solution. The MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB drive is certainly one of the best values around right now. Seems like the price is starting to go up on that drive though.

      Any suggestions on the charts? I’m no Excel master, so any tips or advice would be welcomed! I’m always trying to make the charts better.

      • Very interesting, I overlooked this. Thanks!

        • Nathan Kirsch

          I’m not sure what they are running as it looks like it is some JS. They also have a standard image of it – http://www.hardware.fr/getgraphimg.php?id=13&n=1

          Any ideas? We use WordPress, so let me know of a plugin or something if you find one.