Game Load Time
Moving over to actual applications, we start with Final Fantasy: Stormblood load times. The BX500 480GB trails the previous generation by nearly a second. The new drive performs better than the other drives we are comparing it to today.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
PCMark 8's Storage Test uses nine applications in ten tests to measure storage performance across a broad range of typical consumer workloads. The two SSDs with DRAM race past the DRAMless drives but that's only part of the story. Those two drives also cost more than the BX500 when you can find them. The 480GB BX500 leads similar drives, but most three of the four are very close together in performance.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test is outside of the wheelhouse for the BX500 target market. We still like to run a 24-hour workload that has proved to be a flash melting gauntlet of endurance destruction for low-cost SSDs. Needless to say, the DRAMless SSDs don't like the heavy data writes but do recover performance after given time to process background activities like garbage collection.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
Briefly, the BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE Responsiveness test measures the user experience through latency. For casual PC users, this is the most important real-world test of the Crucial BX500 and any other storage device. The BX500 performed quite well for a DRAMless architecture.
Notebook Battery Life
The 480GB BX500 also performed well in a notebook. Our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming system saw over five and a half hours of office activities on a single charge.
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