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GIGABYTE UD Pro SSD Review - Abundant Flash Widens Market

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 2, 2018 3:00 pm

Game Load Time

 

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We think of GIGABYTE as a gaming company and been optimistic the UD Pro would deliver exceptional performance in game-focused tasks. The drive will load your games in half the time of a hard disk drive, but compared to other SSDs, even those that cost the same or less, the performance is lackluster.

 

PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth

 

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The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses ten popular applications to measure performance across a broad range of workloads. The UD Pro falls near the bottom of this chart as well. The drive narrowly outperforms the $75 Inland Professional SATA III and comes up well short of the Crucial MX500 and Samsung 860 EVO.

 

PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test

 

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Many of us have started to think of 3D TLC as a true replacement for MLC flash. Some SSDs have proved the assumption but not all controllers operate with the new media the same. In this chart, we have the Corsair Neutron XTI with Toshiba's planar MLC flash and the new GIGABYTE UD Pro with 3D TLC. The Phison drives that shipped with MLC perform really well under heavy workloads, but there is a massive drop off in performance under strenuous conditions with 3D TLC.

 

The UD Pro does recover from a stressful event but not as well as other drives in the five minute time set for this benchmark.

 

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The Disk Busy Time test from the same suite gives us a better indication of what the drive does under a heavy workload. The latency increases, more likely from a heavy garbage collection and other background activities. This slows the drive down as the processor uses more resources to manage the data.

 

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests

 

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The heavy latency hurts system responsiveness. The BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE test allows us to measure responsiveness across a wide application range. The UD Pro again falls to the bottom of the chart, narrowly outperforming the Inland Professional SATA III but much lower than many of the other drives.

 

 

The test also measures the system power of our Lenovo Y700-17 we use for this test. The GIGABYTE UD Pro consumes more power than any other drive in our charts today.

 

Notebook Battery Life

 

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The high power consumption hurts notebook battery life in our Y700-17. The GIGABYTE UD Pro 512GB allowed the system to run for just 318 minutes using the BAPCo MobileMark 2012 test.

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