In our benchmarking results, it was clear that the XPG SX8000 outperforms the SATA3 SSD in many categories. And specially in the sequential data transfer where the M.2 drive reaches about 3 to 4 times the speed of SATA3 SSD. The performance gain is too much that including a hard disk drive in our synthetic benchmark would have been unfair.
We all can’t argue that the performance is there, but, is it worth upgrading to an M.2 SSD over SATA3 SSD? Let’s break it down this way. If you have a frequent need of transferring data off of your other drives and want it done as fast as possible, or if you’re running programs with massive source files, like for example video editing on 4K content, then an M.2 drive sure makes sense. Hell, there’s no SATA3 SSD that we’ll see coming close to the sequential read/write speed of the SX8000. And if you just want the fastest drive in the consumer market available currently, then a M.2 drive is what you want. But if you don’t really care about those 1-2 second delay in program/games load time or windows boot time and can wait a few more minutes for data transfer over the M.2, then you should stick with a SATA3 drive. As in simple terms, when in comes to Program/Games/Windows loading times, it’s only going to save you about 1-2 seconds. But if you want your data transfer to be done as fast as possible, or want your massive source files in other programs to load and manipulate as fast as possible, then an M.2 drive is what you’re looking for.
Coming back to the subject of today’s review, the SX8000, as visible in our benchmarking results, it has some outstanding performance in about all the benchmarks we’ve thrown at it. The temperature at max might be a little concerning, but the SSD was able to keep itself under 70C after which we would have started to see some performance drop. And knowing that the worst of the summer is yet to come, having a heatsink on the SSD would be a good decision. And if you want to take the heatsink up a notch, don’t forget to check out the XPG Storm as it doesn’t not only comes with a cooling fan, but also RGB LEDs. You can check the XPG Storm RGB Heatsink review here.
The XPG SX8000 with a basic heatsink is going for about $112.99 in the international market. That’s about one-third more of what a 250GB 2.5″ SSD would cost you, but that’s also about 3x the performance you’ll get over the SATA SSD. There’s a few cheaper options available in the M.2 market, but I cannot vouch for them since we haven’t tested them. Also, the difference between them and SX8000 is no more than 20$. So the price could have been more competitive.
So, in the end, I would like to conclude my review by saying, that those people, who are using a good quality SATA SSD, don’t really need to move on to M.2 SSD as of yet. But those people, who usually have to play around with large files, let’s say 4K video content or massive size images and vice versa and want the best performing drive currently available in the market, then the XPG SX8000 SSD comes recommended from us.
The XPG SX8000 M.2 SSD and Storm m.2 RGB heatsink are currently not available in Pakistan’s market. But XPG is in talks with their distributors and we should soon see the SX8000 and Storm m.2 heatsink available as a bundle within an expected price range of 19000-21000PKR. And with a dedicated cooling fan and RGB cover, the price point seems fair as 256GB M.2 SSD from other brands is locally available in the same price bracket but without those perks. Hence why XPG sent us their SX8000 with the Storm M.2 RGB heatsink.