1TB Real-World Testing
Game Load Time
On the previous page, we showed a number of random workloads where the SM2262EN with 96L memory dominated the charts. The higher random performance allows this combination to perform faster in real applications.
In this test, we use the Final Fantasy: Stormblood benchmark to measure how long it takes to load game levels. The SM2262EN comes out on top but only does so by a small margin over the HP EX920. This is the first flash-based SSD we've tested to outperform the optimized EX920.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
PCMark 8 uses storage traces from nine applications to run ten tests. The applications vary in workload and length to give a broad range of storage scenarios. The SM2262EN performs about the same as the HP EX920 in this test.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The Extended Storage Test uses the same nine applications but removes the idle time between each trace. This forces the drives into steady-state early and then continues to work the drives with a heavy workload until the five recovery phases. The recovery phases allow a five-minute idle time between each iteration of the nine tests. The idle time allows the drives to process data-management tasks, like garbage collection.
The SM2262EN performs much better than the SX8200 and EX920. The drive is very cache dependent, so it takes longer to recover compared to the 970 Pro with MLC memory. Most users will never see this level of heavy workload after the first day of installing an operating system and applications.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
For most of our readers, the SYSMark 2014 SE Responsiveness Test is the most important. This is a direct measurement of the user experience through latency. We use a Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebooks to run the software suite. The suite uses a number of real software applications from Microsoft, Adobe, and Chrome.
The SM2262EN with Micron 96-layer memory is the first non-Optane drive we've run that outperforms the HP EX920. The SM2262EN took a sizable lead in a test where every few points is a noticeable difference.
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