As the trend goes when new storage technology burst upon the scene, a few years in existence you will start to see a decline in price. Prime examples are SSD's, remember when they first graced the market? Retail prices were astronomically high. Fast forward to present day 2018, it's not surprising to find them in abundance under a $200 price range.
Now we have NVMe storage technology, which by the way is an acronym for Non-Volatile Memory Express. It's a new communications interface/protocol constructed mainly for the SSD by several manufacturers including Samsung, Seagate, Sandisk, and Intel. There is one particular NVMe base drive that deserves to be brought up in conversation that entails storage technology, let us talk about the ADATA XPG SX8200 SSD.
Put the ADATA XPG SX8200 main feature and specification aside, which we will get to in the next paragraphs, this storage drive has a bit of uniqueness going on here, the storage drive according to its listed benchmark numbers is speedy, yet affordable. It offers at peak read and writes speeds of 3200/1700MB, with a decent warranty and an excellent solid endurance. You get all of this at just $159.00, with a fair amount of storage, 480GB. Not bad, considering higher performing NVMe's were significantly expensive.
So let's talk about the features and hardware specification outlined on the ADATA XPG SX8200. For starters, you have a NAND Flash 2nd generation 64-layer 3D TLC, a PCIe Gen3x4 interface, an M.2 2280 Form Factor; you get 2,000,000 hours MTBF ( Mean Time Before Failure). The drive is the size of a stick of gum, weighing just 8g, dimensions measuring in at 22 x 80 x 3.5mm, the consumption power is only 0.33W.
Interesting enough, the ADATA XPG SX8200 comes packaged with SSD Toolbox utility software, for monitoring, maintaining, and drive updates The tool interface itself is pretty snazzy with vibrate and dated looking features. ADATA also includes an XPG-branded aluminum heat spreader for added cooling to the drive.
For those who may not be familiar with NVMe, it can be used as your primary storage drive since this is technology a solid state drive. Currently, the ADATA XPG SX8200 is for sell on Amazon.
Key tech terminology: NAND flash memory is a type of nonvolitale storage technology that dopes not require power to store data.