Game Load Time
There are several things "that matter" in 2018, and random read performance is one of them. The high random read performance allows the 500GB Crucial P1 to load our Final Fantasy: Stormblood game levels at impressive speeds.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
Not every application leverages random read performance as heavily in the game test. When you load photos, videos, music, and other large block size files into an application, you use sequential data, the P1's weak link. The PCMark 8 Storage Bandwidth test uses nine commonly used applications to perform ten tests to measure storage performance with an average, and easy to compare, result.
The P1 doesn't perform as well in this test, but the placement on the chart is more dire than the reality. The P1 is nearly as fast as the Samsung 970 EVO and Intel 760p while outperforming the HP EX900 DRAMless SSD and aging MyDigitalSSD SBX.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
Each of the eighteen passes in the PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test use the same nine applications as the previous test and the same ten actual tests. The difference here is the preconditioning that wears the drive into a steady state condition where it is slowest.
In the 1TB P1 article, I explained why this type of activity is why what you actually pay more money for consumer SSDs in 2018. This is the shopping division point, stronger performance under heavy use or nearly identical performance under light use. You still get what you pay for, but you have to know what you are buying before you can make an informed purchasing decision.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
The BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE Responsiveness Test shows that it takes more than strong random read performance to deliver the best user experience in an office work environment measured with real applications. As we mentioned, if you load media files you break into the slow zone for the P,1 and office work often involves manipulating pictures and video files. The P1 takes an extra performance hit when multitasking with the same file types.
Notebook Battery Life
In our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook allows us to test both SATA and NVMe SSDs in the same system to compare the drives on equal ground. This is an older design but one that we are still comfortable with to test battery life. The Crucial P1 500GB delivers nearly five and a half hours of office-level activities on a single charge.
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