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Stunning performance, stunning bargain

For the longest time picking up a fast NVMe solid-state drive with a good amount of storage required dropping a decent wad of cash. And, while the prices of the best SSDs have been falling over the last couple of years, finding a drive that’s capacious and speedy while still being affordable is a rare thing.

The Adata XPG SX8200, however, tears all of those conventions down – delivering respectable performance that can go toe-to-toe with Samsung and WD’s best SSDs with a much more approachable price tag.
Features and price
The surprisingly affordable Adata XPG SX8200 starts out at just $78 (£77, AU$145) for 240GB of capacity. If you want to essentially double it, going for the 480GB model will cost you $159 (£124, AU$219). If you really want the most capacious XPG SX8200 you can get, you’ll be able to find the 960GB version for a pretty reasonable $329 or £290 (about AU$445).

With prices like this you’d expect the Adata XPG SX8200 to perform similarly to budget SSDs, but the performance puts it in competition with the WD Black NVMe and Samsung 970 EVO.

The WD Black NVMe starts out at $99 (£109, AU$179) for a 250GB drive, followed by the 500GB version at $194 (£199, AU$299) and the 1TB drive for $399 (£394, AU$619). The Samsung 970 EVO starts out at a higher price point, at $109 (£86, AU$155) for a 250GB drive, then $199 (£159, AU$299) for the 500GB version and topping out at $399 (£319, AU$569) for the 1TB variant.