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outdated in the applications that it tests, even to the extent of including a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
In this section of the article, I will also show the results
of the Samsung 850 EVO in ‘Rapid mode’. I decided to leave the rapid mode tests
for a real world scenario, as synthetic benchmarks when testing in Rapid mode,
are generally quick tests that are basically showing the speed of your system
memory, rather than any advantage of running the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB in Rapid
mode in the real world.
I will be using the following colours in the graphs, so that
you can easily compare normal mode with rapid mode.
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB
Samsung 850 Pro 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
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop light
Yet again the results are all very close together, although
‘Rapid mode’ does gain an advantage.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop heavy
Again, there isn’t a large difference between any of the
competing SSDs, but once more the Samsung 850 Pro in Rapid mode gains a
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe InDesign
The SSDs with the higher writing performance head the table,
and once again Rapid mode is the fastest.
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
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 SSD in this test.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Microsoft PowerPoint
Once again, the results obtained from our test SSDs are
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
According to PC Mark 8, the Samsung 850 Pro has 49.17 MB/s
of bandwidth in Rapid mode, which is substantially faster than any of the other
SSDs in this test.
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
As we can see from the above graph, there isn’t a large
difference between any of the tested SSDs, but the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD
takes top spot in Rapid mode, and sixth spot in normal mode 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…..