Game Load Time
The Barracuda SSD is near the bottom of our game load time test that uses Final Fantasy: Stormblood to measure how long it takes to load levels. The drive is faster than the Inland Professional, but other products that sell at or near the same price as the BarraCuda perform much better.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses ten common applications to gauge performance across a broad range. The Storage Bandwidth score is the average across all ten tests.
The Barracuda trails the aging Crucial BX300 and Mushkin Triactor SSDs. The drive also shows a weak position compared to industry favorites MX500 and 860 EVO.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test uses repetitive workload to push the drives into steady-state before running the ten applications to measure performance. Workstation users want to look at the steady-state tests but most of us should focus on the recovery test phases, where the drives idle for five minutes before resuming the workload.
The Barracuda SSD recovers well and delivers slightly over average performance when given the opportunity to run background activities.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
We ran into a significant issue with the Seagate Barracuda that we also experienced with the Nytro 141. In our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook, the drive would not work on a reboot. The system had to shut completely down and then boot (a cold boot). The system would recognize the drive on a warm reboot. The issue wrecked out BAPCO SYSmark 2014 SE power test but we were able to record a responsiveness score.
The Barracuda SSD's low random read performance at low queue depths hurts overall system responsiveness. The drive only scored slightly better than the DRAMless Inland Professional and even trailed the Mushkin Triactor with planar TLC memory.
Notebook Battery Life
We experienced the warm reboot issue in a second Lenovo Y700-17 notebook used to run BAPCo's MobileMark software. The drive only produced a 321-minute score, the lowest of the drives tested today.
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