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outdated in the applications that it tests, even to the extent of including a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 Samsung 960 EVO
M.2 NVMe, Intel 750, and the Plextor M6e SSDs were tested.
PC Mark 8 storage suite results
Samsung 960 EVO M.2
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 the competing
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop light
With the exception of the Plextor M6e, all the tested SSDs
return remarkably similar results.
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe Photoshop heavy
Again, all the tested SSDs are faster than the Plextor M6e
and, because the workload is heavier in this test, the speed advantage is more
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe InDesign
The Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD is the sixth fastest SSD in
PC Mark 8 storage suite: Adobe After Effects
There is virtually no difference between the tested SSDs in
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 0.4 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 0.2 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 960 EVO M.2 NVMe has
501.25 MB/s of storage bandwidth.
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 the SSDs in this test. However, the two Samsung 950 Pro M.2
NVMe SSDs proved to be the fastest SSDs in the PC Mark 8 storage suite tests,
with the Samsung 960 EVO taking sixth spot.
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…..