Adata XPG SX8000 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD review

Affordable speed

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As we mentioned at the beginning of this review, the market the Adata XPG SX8000 512GB is pitched at is a tough one.

It’s an affordable NVe M.2 drive that doesn’t really have an affordable price tag. However, if you want a huge speed increase over SATA 3 SSDs then the Adata XPG SX8000 512GB provides a worthy upgrade and some fantastic features.

We liked

You’ve got to love an SSD that not just delivers on its promises, but over delivers. The Adata XPG SX8000 512GB actually performed faster in our benchmarks than was promised, and those speeds were very impressive.

The fact that the Adata XPG SX8000 512GB also comes with lots of features that help keep your data secure, backed up by a generous 5 year guarantee, makes this a drive that should also be considered by professional users, not just gamers.

We didn't like

Though it is on the affordable side, it’s still expensive, so you will need to think if speed is more important to you than capacity. 

It’s also not quite as fast as some of its rivals, and while it is cheaper, if you’re spending this amount of money anyway, you may be tempted to spend a little bit extra to get the best possible performance.

Final verdict

The Adata XPG SX8000 512GB is an enthusiast PC gamer-focused SSD that brings incredible speed boosts over traditional SATA 3 SSDs. 

Its range of features, especially when it comes to data protection and a 5 year warranty that’s longer than many of its competitors, means the Adata XPG SX8000 512GB is a viable choice for professional users as well.

It’s not the fastest SSD on the market, but it’s one of the fastest, and while it’s only a little bit slower than some of its competitors, it’s a lot faster than SATA 3 SSDs. If you’re making the leap from a traditional SSD or HDD, you’ll be blown away by the performance of this drive regardless, and it’s unlikely you’ll look on at Samsung and Toshiba owners with too much envy. This is a very fast SSD that’s definitely worth your consideration.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.