Introduction
Unboxing
Closer Look
Test Rig & Methodology
SSD Initialization
Benchmarks
Thermal Performance
Conclusion

SATA SSDs are now so yesterday. Now NVMe SSDs are the new king of blazing fast storage devices. These SSDs utilizes PCIe buses for data transfer and are much faster in terms of speed and responsiveness compared to SATA3 SSD. And today, thanks to our friends over at XPG, we will be reviewing the XPG SX8000 NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 SSD.

M.2 is the new connectivity interface for these NVMe SSDs. The SX8000 is an M.2 2280 NVMe SSD. The numbers after the M.2 denotes the size of the device, which means the SX8000 is 22mm wide and 80mm long. These M.2 SSDs are connected to your motherboard directly via the M.2 ports, that is if your motherboard have any. Most of the latest motherboards have at least 2 M.2 slots. And if you’re still using an older motherboard but have PCIe 3.0 ports, then you can utilize these M.2 SSDs with the help of a PCIe extension card. The main benefits of moving over from SATA to PCIe lanes were in term of speed and form factor. Whereas SATA ports has a 600MB/s throughput cap, a single PCIe 3.0 can deliver speed up to 1GB/s per lane. The second benefit that these M.2 form factor SSDs have over the SATA connection is the absence of any wire for connectivity. Since they connect directly to your motherboard, the latency between data transfer is also low. One more thing about the SX8000 is that it’s a Gen3x4 M.2 SSD which means it utilizes 4x PCIe 3.0 lanes.

As far as the brand is concerned, XPG, short for Xtreme Performance Gear is a sub-brand by ADATA that pioneers in products geared towards gaming communities and eSports. Their catalog includes RAMs, SSD, Hard Drive Enclosure and Audio gears. ADATA has been in Pakistan for a long while now with a plethora of USB and external Hard Drive options available. It is just recently we saw XPG make a big move in the Pakistan market with their RAMs and SSDs and their sponsorship of a local eSports team by the name of Eximious eSports.

Specification:

Capacity  128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Form Factor  M.2 2280
NAND Flash  3D MLC
Controller  SMI
Dimensions (L x W x H)   22 x 80 x 3.5mm
Weight  8g / 0.28oz
Interface  PCIe Gen3x4
Performance(Max) read 2500MB/s, write 1100MB/s
Maximum 4K random read/write IOPS: up to 160K/140K
*Performance may vary based on SSD capacity, host hardware and software, operating system, and other system variables
Operating temperature  0°C – 70°C
Storage temperature  -40°C – 85°C
Shock resistance  1500G/0.5ms
MTBF   2,000,000 hours
Warranty  5 years