ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe NVMe 512GB SSD Review

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Anvil Storage Utilities

Anvil Storage Utilities 1.1.0

Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 1, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128. IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don’t do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can’t relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Anvil SSD Benchmark with 100% Compression (incompressible data):

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe SSD Anvil

Benchmark Results: The Anvil SSD Benchmark showed that with 100% compression (incompressible data) the ADATA SX8000 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD scored 8,921.46 points with stock Windows NVMe Driver and Windows write-cache buffer flushing disabled on the drive. 

Anvil SSD Applications Benchmark at 46% Compression:

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe SSD Anvil

Benchmark Results: With the compression at 46% to help mimic real world applications better we found the overall score remained basically the same at 8,910.95 points.

Benchmark Results: We used Anvil to check the 4K Random Read performance and found we we topped out at 188,900 IOPS, which is actually over the drives rated maximum 4K Random Read IOPS of up to 160K.  The QD1 and QD4 4K Random Read performance wasn’t anything special, but both were better than the level of performance seen from the  Intel SSD 600P PCIe NVMe 512GB drive. 

Benchmark Results: When it came to 4K Random Write performance, the ADATA XPS SX8000 512GB drive topped out at 187,400 IOPS at QD16 and that is well over the drives rated 140k IOPS for maximum 4K Random Write performance. Not bad 4K Random Read IOPS and this drive falls in the middle of the pack. 

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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.