Game Load Time
Most of the popular 1TB class NVMe SSDs today load the Final Fantasy: Stormblood levels between 13.3 and 14.3 seconds. The Corsair MP510 sits in this group and nearly right in the middle loading the levels in 13.772 seconds.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
If you spend less time gaming and more time actually being productive, the PCMark 8 Storage Bandwidth test is a better indicator of general PC performance. This test uses nine widely used applications, like Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Adobe software to measure storage performance. We combine the results into an easy to read throughput score that is easy to compare across the separate drives. The MP510 is the first SSD with TLC we've tested that jumped above the powerful HP EX920 in the 1TB class.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
Historically, Phison's controller has performed very well under heavy workloads but then fell a bit under more moderate loads that many of us run. SSDs are incredibly powerful, and Phison puts a lot of resources into building strong workstation and server controllers with much of that trickling down to the consumer variants. For instance, the Phison S10 SATA controller was one of the best for workstation workloads, but trailed many of the consumer-focused SSDs in consumer workloads. With the E12 NVMe controller, Phison and partners focused on a better balance with the consumer products.
As much as we liked the Adata SX8200 and HP EX920, neither drive liked a heavy workload. They are brilliant in consumer-focused workloads, but if you buy an NVMe SSD, you want it to perform well when you write a lot of data to the drive at one time. The MP510 virtually doubles the performance of those two drives under heavy workloads.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
We mentioned the incoming firmware update that increases an unknown area of performance. At Flash Memory Summit heard the PCMark 8 results would increase. A lot of that performance comes from random reads, an area where the MP510 could use a boost. Random reads weigh heavily on the user experience. We can tie the two together because the latency or responsiveness of the system is the bridge that binds the two.
In the SYSmark 2014 SE Responsiveness Test - that we run on a Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook - uses a vast range of software to measure overall system performance, power consumption, and the user experience.
The 1TB MP510 lacks some of the snappiness under mundane Office-like workloads, web surfing, and other simple tasks that the SX8200 and EX920 are so good at performing. Unless you have two systems side-by-side, or the benchmark results to compare, you wouldn't notice the difference.
Notebook Battery Life
We used the same Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook to measure how long the system could perform office tasks, as you might run on a flight across the country, with different SSDs. The Corsair MP510 delivered a strong performance with over five hours of usefulness on a system designed to frag rather than give users a long business-focused session.
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