Game Load Time
High sequential performance looks good on paper, but random performance is what makes your applications load quickly and gives you a pleasurable user experience. Many of the tests on this page rely on strong random read performance.
The Game Load Time Test using Final Fantasy: Stormblood shows just how close all of these drives are together with real-world applications. Who would have guessed this is the performance that now ships in new notebooks?
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
We are also impressed with the general use applications. PCMark 8 utilizes ten general applications that range from Battlefield to Word. We measure the performance and present it as a combined throughput score. The 1TB XG6 performs much better than we anticipated given the lower random read performance we observed on the previous page.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The XG6 doesn't have any issues recovering performance coming out of a heavy-wear state. Some of the drives with newer controller technology sometimes have issues with recovery. This is due to using fewer cores in the controller to make them more affordable. Toshiba doesn't tell us a lot about the architecture, so we don't know the number of cores, or even the number of channels. What's important is the XG6 has enough to recover in a short period of time.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
This is the first test we included the 1TB XG5 to compare with its successor, the XG6. The SYSmark 2014 SE Responsiveness test measures storage latency, the stuff that makes us pull our hair out. The XG6 is a substantial success to the XG5 with a massive sixty-one point difference in the Responsiveness test. We also observed better overall system power efficiency over the XG5.
Notebook Battery Life
The 1TB XG3 didn't break any records for notebook battery life performance. We have to assume Toshiba configured the press samples for throughput performance and didn't detune the drive any to deliver a lot of battery time. We've known for a while that large OEMs can and often do request certain performance caps to meet target battery life numbers, but our sample isn't capped. We are one of, if not the only site to look at notebook battery life with MobileMark 2012 1.5.
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