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Best Large Capacity SSDs for the Holidays

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

Game Load Time

 

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On this page, we will rank the high-capacity SSDs in the charts based on performance. Our game load time test comes from Final Fantasy: Stormblood.

 

The MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro with new 64-layer Toshiba BiCS FLASH outperforms the other products in this test. It's an exceptional drive for light applications. The Crucial MX500 follows the BPX Pro with it's 64-layer Micron flash that we've been impressed with all year. The three trailing Samsung SSDs follow close behind and shouldn't be overlooked.

 

 

 

PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth

 

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The PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth test uses nine applications to run ten tests using applications we all use every day, like Word, Excel, Photoshop and so on. The BPX Pro comes out on top here and the 970 EVO, the other drive running the NVMe protocol, follows.

 

 

PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test

 

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The Extended Storage Test shows what happens when you push past the drive's buffer with a heavy workload. This includes writing data to the drives rapidly. Here the Samsung 970 EVO runs over the other drives but not just in performance alone. The 970 EVO, like the Crucial MX500, shows consistent performance across each pass. The other drives ebb and flow as the buffers and controllers struggle to manage the data.

 

 

SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests

 

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SYSmark 2014 SE runs applications from Microsoft, Adobe, WinZip and others to measure overall system performance as well as disk performance from the Responsiveness Test. The test runs the software over a time to mimic the first half of an office workers day. The software runs a detailed script that it even accounts for trips to the coffee maker.

 

The software is system dependent to keep the scores consistent so we use one of our 4 Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebooks with a Core i7-6800 processor and 16GB of system memory. The score uses system latency but a higher score means a better user experience.

 

The Samsung 970 EVO 2TB leads the two Samsung SATA SSDs in responsiveness. The test runs over several hours but isn't stressful beyond what you may experience in your typical day at the office.

 

 

Notebook Battery Life

 

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Our final test runs on the same Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebooks. We run MobileMark 2012 Version 1.5 to measure notebook battery life. BAPCo designed the software to compare different notebooks but we repurposed it to use the same notebook, just with different configurations such as system memory or in this case, storage products.

 

The Crucial MX500 2TB delivered the longest battery life in our gaming system. It scored 333 minutes. The 2TB 860 EVO trailed by six minutes and the 4TB EVO trailed by 9 minutes.

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