Moderate Workload Model
We categorize this test as indicative of a light to moderate workload environment.
Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304
We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives.
Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. We focus on the total score first and then storage bandwidth when evaluating PCMark 8 results.
OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used
PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. Comparing empty to 75% full shows a bigger than normal drop in performance when data is on the drive. We aren't sure what is causing drop of this magnitude when data is on the drive, but we believe that this can be remedied through firmware updates.
BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE Application Performance
Version and / or Patch Used: 188.8.131.52
SYSmark 2014 SE is considered the gold standard for testing system performance because it is an application-based benchmark. This test gives us the ultimate in real-world results because it utilizes actual applications running on the system, instead of playing back recorded traces. If you want to know what kind of impact an SSD will have on your system's overall performance; this test will show you.
Our systems are much more powerful than the calibration system (1000-point baseline) used by BAPCo, so we ran an OCZ TL100 120GB SATA III SSD to establish a comparison point relative to our test systems.
This is the real deal, this is what matters most - actual application performance. The E12 doesn't set a lab record, but it does defeat the contenders in our test pool. The results of this test indicate that the E12 is more responsive when running applications than the competitors that comprise our test pool. This is what we are all looking for in a storage device - responsiveness that is a cut above.
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