Adata XPG SX8000 SSD has game libraries in mind

— 3:50 PM on September 29, 2016

Adata announced today the SX8000, a new M.2 SSD in its XPG lineup of performance drives aimed at gamers looking for a fast storage solution. The SX8000 is a NVMe 1.2-certified drive based on a Silicon Motion SMI2260 controller coupled with 3D MLC NAND flash memory.

While a standard SATA SSD is still faster than rotating media can hope for, the NAND flash memory in that SSD is often faster than the connection itself can handle. The SX8000 uses the M.2 2280 form factor with a PCIe 3.0 x4 connection, making it capable of much faster read/write speeds than SATA. Adata says the SX8000 can do sequential read speeds up to 2400MB/s and write speeds up to 1000MB/s. Random 4K performance is rated at 100K IOPS for reads and 140K IOPS for writes.

According to Adata, the 3D NAND aboard the SX8000 should have a 2-million-hour MTBF, in comparison to regular 2D NAND's MTBF of 1.5 million hours. On the firmware side of things, the company touts the drive's "Intelligent SLC Caching" technology, which Adata says allows a portion of the MLC memory to act more like faster, more expensive SLC memory.

Adata says that a faster, heatsink-clad version of the SX8000 is coming in late October. Presumably the naked version of the drive will arrive beforehand. The SX8000 will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB variants, all covered by a 5-year warranty.

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