ADATA SX8000 M.2 512 GB SSD Review

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The following images are taken in-house at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon DSLR shooting 24 MegaPixel photos. Right then, off we go.
 

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The sample we have at hand is the 512 GB M2 model. Performance is listed as 2,500 MB/s for reads and 1,1000 MB/sec for writes with roughly 150 IOPS at 4k random writes QD32 aligned disk access with our tested model. 
 


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Above, the tested unit; you should easily be able to place the M.2 unit into a compatible motherboard. Most Z97/X99/X299/Z170/Z270 and AMD B350/X370/X399 motherboards support it. You should however check out with the motherboard manufacturer if you have a x4 lane PCIe Gen 3 version with NVMe support.

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The compact M.2 2280 (2280 = 80 mm) form factor ensures compatibility with next-generation desktop and mobile platforms that support the M.2 PCIe slot and interface. 
  

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With the heatsink removed we see the top of the SSD, it holds two NAND chips on the top side, two on the back, a DRAM cache chip and the 8-channel SMI controller.
  

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The SSF supports 15 nm SLC/MLC/TLC as well as the latest 3D (vertically stacked) NAND. These controllers support up to 2 Terabytes. The 512 GB configuration uses a anya DRAM buffer that the company deploys in a single package.
  

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It's a bit washed out but that would be Micron. It is 15nm MLC NAND flash memory. You'll find four flash NAND packages, two on each side of the PCB.

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