Game Load Time
The high random read and random mixed workload performance make the 1TB P1 a good SSD for gamers that don't install a lot of software. Sadly, I'm right in the middle of this camp. Most of the games I play are older and don't take a lot of space compared to the massive installation required for modern titles, and haven't had an update in a few years.
Yes, I love the Command & Conquer series, and you will never take it away from me!
We used Final Fantasy: Stormblood for this portion of the review and as you can see, the P1 loads the game quickly.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses a more diverse set of applications, nine in-fact, to run ten different tests. We use the average of the ten tests and present the throughput score to get a very accurate general-purpose breakdown of the drive's performance.
The results show three distinct performance tiers. The Samsung 970 Pro is at the top, and as the last remaining consumer SSD shipping with 2-bit per cell (MLC) flash, it should be at the top. In the middle, we have the HP EX920 and new-to-market MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro. The other five drives all fit into the lower tier with less than 60 MB/s between them. The 960GB Crucial P1 is at the top of the third tier. This is a bit better than we expected.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
In the introduction, we talked about what you are actually paying for with SSDs today and what a more expensive drive actually gives you. The dollars for sustained performance is a general rule, and we expect the P1 price to rapidly decrease in time for the holiday shopping season to put this drive in its rightful place on the scale.
We say that because the 960GB P1 performs poorly under an intensive workload. The more companies lean on SLC cache to increase light workload performance and endurance, the worse the drives get when users turn up the heat. The heat, in this case, is many data writes in the short period.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
The SYSmark 2014 SE test isn't intensive through the entire test, but does have some heavy write applications in the mix. This test doesn't use traces; it's the actual Office and Adobe software running on the machine. The write heavy portions of the test slow the other portions because the Crucial P1 has to manage the data. During the management periods, the latency increases and that hurts the user experience that makes up the score in the Responsiveness results.
The 1TB P1 is power efficient in a desktop. Sadly, this is the one area where users have little regard for power consumption.
Notebook Battery Life
In a notebook, however, users do care about the power consumption of each component. The 1TB Crucial P1 performs very well in our Lenovo Y700-17. The MobileMark software uses the actual applications to run through a typical night of office work, the same type you may use on a long flight for work.
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