Desktop PC – Real World Benchmarks
PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark 2.0
This is how Futuremark describes the PCmark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage benchmark is ideal for testing the
performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives.
Using traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite,
Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, PCMark 8 Storage highlights
real-world performance differences between storage devices. You do not need to
have these applications installed on your system to run the Storage benchmark.
The PCMark 8 Storage benchmark test contains the
following workload traces: Adobe Photoshop light, Adobe Photoshop heavy, Adobe
Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Word, Microsoft
Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3
You can read a detailed description of each storage test and
how the overall score is calculated in the PCMark 8 Technical Guide by clicking
The results from this benchmark are, I feel, a valuable
insight into how a drive will support real world applications.
I thank Futuremark for providing Myce with a license to use
PCMark 8 Pro.
Here is the result for the Samsung 860 EVO –
Exceeding an overall score of 5,000 is very impressive.
Here is a comparison of the overall score with the other
client products I have tested –
File Copy Benchmarks
FastCopy is a useful program for recording how long copying
files to and from a drive takes. FastCopy can be downloaded here.
A Ram Disk (a virtual drive held in RAM) is used as the
source drive when a file is ‘copied to’ the test drive and is then used as the
destination when a file is ‘copied from’ the test drive. This ensures that the
test drive is on the critical path for the time taken.
Here are the results –
Copy a Blu-ray Movie to the Samsung 860 EVO
It is interesting to note that the Samsung 860 EVO is
significantly slower than the WD Blue 3D in this test. This is because the
file size exceeds the 860 EVO 250GB’s maximum SLC Write Cache size of 12GB and
therefore the transfer speed drops to the post TurboWrite speed for part of the
transfer. The WD Blue 3D’s SLC Write Cache technology allows the cache to be
reused once it has been flushed down to normal NAND and thus the WD Blue 3D
only experiences a short and temporary drop in speed whilst the flushing takes
Copy a Blu-ray Movie from the Samsung 860 EVO
Copy a Game to the Samsung 860 EVO
Again the Samsung 860 EVO is slower than the WD Blue 3D in
this test as the file size exceeds the 860 EVO 250GB’s maximum SLC Write Cache
size of 12GB.
Copy a Game from the Samsung 860 EVO
Copy a folder of JPEGs to the Samsung 860 EVO
Copy a folder of JPEGs from the Samsung 860 EVO
Now let’s head to the next page, to look at the results
for the OakGate FOB Tests…..