ADATA has decided to use Silicon Motion's SM2260 controller but there are still few details on which manufacturer is behind the 3D MLC NAND used on the new XPG SX8000 M.2 SSD. The ADATA XPG SX8000 SSD series will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities.
The combination of the SM2260 controller and 3D MLC NAND were enough for XPG SX8000 SSD to hit sequential performance peaking at 2400MB/s for read and 1000MB/s for write on the 512GB and 1TB versions, 2000MB/s and 600MB/s on the 256GB version and 1000MB/s for read and 300MB/s for write on the lowest capacity 128GB version. The same thing then with the random 4K performance, reaching 100K IOPS for read and 140K IOPS for write on the 512GB and 1TB versions, 80K IOPS and 130K IOPS on the 256GB version and 45K IOPS and 75K IOPS on the 128GB version.
Showed off during the Flash Memory Summit in August last year, the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller seems pretty good on paper and its previous SM2246EN controller has been used on plenty of SSDs, from Corsair, Crucial, Mushkin, Sandisk and other makers but the new SM2260 has still to prove its worth. The new SM2260 controller packs two ARM Cortex cores, has eight NAND flash channels and supports 256-bit AES encryption. The ADATA XPG SX8000 SSD also comes with SLC Caching, DRAM Cache Buffer and LDPC ECC technologies
As far as we know, ADATA's XPG SX8000 SSD series is one of the first SSDs to use the brand spanking new Silicon Motion controller so we will wait to see a couple of reviews before we deliver our verdict.
The ADATA XPG SX8000 SSD series is backed by a five year warranty and has an MTBF of two million hours.
Unfortunately, ADATA did not reveal any details regarding the price or the availability date and we could not find it listed anywhere so hopefully these will come to retail/e-tail soon.