PC Mark 8 - Storage Suite
Here at Myce.com, we only recently introduced PCMark Vantage into our SSD testing. PCMark Vantage is a good test, but is now somewhat outdated in the applications that it tests, even to the extent of including a test trace on how Windows Vista booted. We could of course have opted for the newer PCMark 7, but I personally had issues with the way it ran the HDD tests.
We have built quite a close relationship with FutureMark software, the authors of the PCMark PC benchmarking software that we use in our tests. I decided I would use PCMark Vantage as stopgap measure until the more up-to-date PCMark 8 benchmarking suite became available. I'm pleased to say that PCMark 8 is now available, and it gives me great pleasure to introduce you all to the results obtained by this new 'real world' benchmarking suite.
I will describe the basic way that each test is carried out, above the graph for each test.
PC Mark 8 storage suite results
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB
Now let’s look at the individual PC Mark 8 HDD suite scores, in the form of tables and graphs.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: World of Warcraft
The first thing that is very noticeable is that all the tested SSDs are remarkably close, performance wise, when loading this game.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Battlefield 3
Once again, the results are very close between all the competing SSDs.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop light
Yet again the results are all very close together.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop heavy
Again, there isn't a large difference between any of the competing SSDs.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe InDesign
The SSDs with the higher writing performance head the table.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe After Effects
There is virtually no difference between the tested SSDs.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Illustrator
Once again, there is hardly any difference between the tested SSDs.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Microsoft Word
With only 0.3 seconds between the fastest and the slowest SSD in this test, I would doubt anyone could tell the difference.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Microsoft Excel
There is only 0.3 seconds between the slowest and the fastest SSDs in this test.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Microsoft PowerPoint
Once again, the results obtained from our test SSDs are almost identical.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Storage bandwidth
Storage bandwidth displays the amount of bandwidth available from the storage device, when it is faced with requests for simultaneous reads and writes.
According to PC Mark 8, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB has 312.54 MB/s of bandwidth.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Overall Score
PC Mark 8 sums all the individual times taken to run each storage benchmark, and then comes up with an overall score for each of the tested SSDs.
As we can see from the above graph, there isn't a large difference between any of the tested SSDs, but the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD takes second spot in these tests.
You may well ask, if the scores are so close between the tested SSDs, then what is the point of running PC Mark 8 storage benchmark?
Basically, most of these individual tests are very low demand as far as storage is concerned. More or less all the traces are lightweight. But hang on a minute, this is how real applications work, and I and many other reviewers have been saying for years that when we have lightweight storage traces, it becomes almost impossible to tell SSDs apart from a performance perspective. We now have a tool that can demonstrate this to very good effect.
It's not until we start to push SSDs very hard that the performance differences between SSDs start to become clearer, and for that we need much heavier workloads, such as the tests run in the Myce Reality Suite. PC Mark 8 is still very useful, as I'm quite sure that most of you will use at least a couple of the applications used in these tests, and now you will be able to compare one SSD to another.
Now let’s round off the performance tests with the Myce Reality Suite on the next page.....