Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

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outdated in the applications that it tests, even to the extent of including a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.

Please note; Due to lack of time, I was not able to perform
the PC Mark 8 test on the OCZ REVODrive 350. Therefore, only the Intel 750
NVMe, and the Plextor M6e SSDs were tested.

PC Mark 8 storage suite results

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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

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The first thing that is very noticeable is that the two
tested SSDs are remarkably close, performance wise, when loading this game.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Battlefield 3

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Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

Once again, the results are very close between the two competing
SSDs.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop light

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This time the Intel 750 NVMe SSD manages to pull ahead of
the Plextor M6e.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop heavy

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Again, the Intel 750 NVMe SSD is faster than the Plextor
M6e, and because the workload is heavier in this test, the Intel’s speed
advantage is more pronounced. 

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe InDesign

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The Intel 750 NVMe SSD is once again the fastest SSD in this
test.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe After Effects

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There is virtually no difference between the tested SSDs in
this test.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Illustrator

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Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

Once again, there is hardly any difference between the
tested SSDs.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Microsoft Word

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With only 0.2 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

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There is only 0.1 seconds between the slowest and the
fastest SSD in this test.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Microsoft PowerPoint

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Intel 750 1.2TB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

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.

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According to PC Mark 8, the Intel 750 NVMe has 531.71 MB/s
of storage bandwidth, which is substantially faster than the Plextor M6e.

PC Mark 8 storage suite: Overall Score

PC Mark 8 sums all the individual times taken to run each
storage benchmark, then comes up with an overall score for each of the tested
SSDs.

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As we can see from the above graph, there isn’t a large
difference between the Intel 750 NVMe SSD, and the Plextor M6e. However, the Intel
750 NVMe SSD proved to be the fastest SSD in the PC Mark 8 storage suite tests.

Summary

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…..