[Amazon.ca] ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB $129.99
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- $20 off
I'll decide if I will upgrade an old Samsung 850 EVO based on how many up or down votes I'll get from this...
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If your laptop has 2 NVMe slots and you have a backup solution (e.g. I use Synology Active Backup for Business) then will you be able to run 2 identical SSDs in RAID 0?
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I don't think what ADATA did was necessarily malicious. I don't believe they started with an intent to deceive customers and the change in components may have been necessitated by supply constraints affecting the entire industry.conurus wrote: ↑ I have an alternative speculation of what happened. Looking at what got changed, I do not believe e.g. a SM2262G controller is materially cheaper than a SM2262ENG or that a Hynix or Samsung FLASH is materially cheaper than Micron. What actually might have happened might have been that ADATA spent a lot of time tuning the original so that it did well in synthetic benchmarks to garner rave reviews. They subsequently swapped parts based on availability but didn't tune again for the new parts because they thought as an old product no press spends time reviewing it again. They were wrong and they get hammered. If my alternative speculation were true the most ethically questionable part is actually the original. (i.e. the bait part, not the switch part.) But here on RFD I do not believe we discuss ethics. We discuss price and value.
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The 5-10% is probably from different components.
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The irony of this video is that it basically pointed out the obvious that the "bait and switch" actually produced a better product than the original overall.Dhanushan wrote: ↑ Bait & switch is a common deception technique that's as old as time itself, but usually it's only seen being done by bad actors. What if I told you that this is happening today, right now, on sites like Amazon and Newegg, with some of the best selling SSDs?
This should be illegal… - Manufacturers are swapping SSD components
Jul 13th, 2021 9:42 am
Agreed, this is objectively a better drive than any of the drives normally at this price point. Yes Adata swapped some components, if one were to take the position of never buying an SSD from a manufacturer that has done this, their choices are Samsung and well Samsung... I've seen people here continue to recommend Crucial while criticizing Adata despite Crucial literally swapping out TLC NAND for QLC NAND in the P2, which is a far more egregious bait and switch.conurus wrote: ↑ Thank you. I already know about the bait-and-switch fiasco. At $129.99, what would you recommend?
Looked pretty hard and found these at the low end: SN550 (DRAM-less), A2000 (lower seq performance), NV1 (black box, but probably worse than A2000), Teamgroup (less known brand), any QLC stuff (not even considering). I might be missing others but chances are they all have disadvantages of their own.
If ADATA's reputation gets ruined by sensational click baits and had to cut price, it is to my benefit. That's RFD's spirit, isn't it. (We're just bargain hunting.)
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I already mentioned it but basically every company has done something along these lines. NAND being swapped is common and many companies (I'm eyeballing you Crucial, despite controller their own NAND supply) even swapped out TLC for QLC NAND. Controller changes are super common, Silicon Power straight up changed the entire drive in their A80, WD has made many changes to hardware in low end drives, Sabrent reduced the amount of DRAM in the Rocket when they changed the controller. Outside of WD and Samsung, these companies are at the mercy of supply constraints and since WD doesn't use exclusively their own controller designs in SATA parts, even they've been impacted by it. So basically by your own standards, the only acceptable company to buy an SSD from is Samsung. Adata has been unfairly singled out by practices that are far more normal in the industry that people realize.Desiato wrote: ↑ I don't think what ADATA did was necessarily malicious. I don't believe they started with an intent to deceive customers and the change in components may have been necessitated by supply constraints affecting the entire industry.
However, it was still harmful to customers who didn't get the components they expected. I don't blame anyone for being upset, especially enthusiasts who put so much time and effort into perfecting system builds and upgrades. From this POV, one might want to see ADATA punished with a bad rep so another company isn't tempted to do the same.
Jul 13th, 2021 9:51 am
For most people, benching it would be pointless. Most people at this price point were likely to buy an SN550 anyways. I don't care what variant of the SX8200 Pro one gets, it's gonna bet a better drive than an SN550. Maybe if one has a specific workload in mind but this is generally too old a drive to be desired for professional workloads anyways.redflagdealsguy wrote: ↑ So gentlemen, a few things.
Industry makers have been swapping components on integrated circuits since the space age.
This would've been fairly uncontroversial had ADATA done certain things before swapping:
(1) Benched the new components and binned for comparable performance (by model, not by individual component).
(2) Purchased components of comparable rated reliability, and/or stress-tested that reliability in-house.
This isn't complicated, and Linus doesn't properly capture this simple nuance, but he's in the ballpark of correct.
If you get a good deal on the ADATA OP drive, I'd still consider, but I'd bench test and maybe google the surface controller and flash just to be safe.
P.S. My recommendation applies to the 8200 Pro, not the 8800. I'm not a fan of the latter.
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