Game Load Time
We start our real-world application coverage with the Final Fantasy: Stormblood game load time test. All the SSDs on the chart today are superior to hard disk drives but not ever NVMe SSD is faster than the best SATA products shipping today. You can see more than 120 SSD results in our massive game load time round up here.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test measures performance with ten applications. We use the combined results to take a broad view look at daily-use rather than the individual application deep dive.
Of the entry-level drives in this portion of the review, the 512GB Inland NVMe comes out on top. The overall performance trails the Samsung 970 EVO by only 64 MB/s.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test uses the same ten applications as the standard test but starts with a heavy preconditioning phase to wear the drives into a steady state. The test runs through thirteen stages in a degraded state before giving the drive five minutes to perform background operations in each of the recovery phases.
The Inland NVMe wasn't designed for the heavy workloads found in the degrade and steady-state phases, but this test allows us to see how long it takes the drive to recover from a heavy write workload. Phison controller usually performs really well in the heavy write stages, and the Inland NVMe follows suit. The drive recovers better than the MyDigitalSSD SBX we tested, but it also ships with newer firmware that is likely found on the current production SBX drives too.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
Users have one main goal for choosing flash over mechanical storage, and that is to improve the system responsiveness. The 512GB Inland NVMe is superior to hard disk drives in responsiveness but trails many of the popular NVMe SSDs shipping today. The drive is several responsiveness points lower than the best SATA SSDs shipping today as well.
The drive is efficient under normal desktop workloads, and that should show in our notebook battery life test.
Notebook Battery Life
The high efficiency does carry over to our BAPCo MobileMark notebook battery life test using a Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook. We scored 324 minutes in a notebook designed for gaming performance rather than long battery life.
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