Game Load Time
In the synthetic tests on the previous page, we learned that most of the performance increases come at high queue depths. The new 12.1 firmware release appears to favor workstation and datacenter workloads. On this page, we see what happens to performance in consumer applications.
We start with game load times using the Final Fantasy: Stormblood benchmark. In three out of four capacities, the BPX Pro takes slightly longer to load the game levels. The 480GB model only shows a .038 second decrease in game load times. None of the changes is large enough to discourage us from using the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro, but this is not the "performance increase" we expected to see.
PCMark 8 Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses nine popular applications to measure performance in ten separate tests. We combine the average and present the data in an easy to compare throughput average. Again, we see a slight decrease in usable performance with consumer applications using the new firmware.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test shows increased consistency with the new firmware, but not a large change to the average throughput for most capacities.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
The first drive we started testing with the new firmware was the 960GB model and first up was the SYSmark 2014 SE test. This was the only model to see a responsiveness increase. When we first saw the result, we were quite happy with the change. The responsiveness increase moves this series into the same circle as the Samsung 970 EVO. Sadly, the other drives lost responsiveness, but not enough to fuss over except the 1920GB model that took a notable step back.
Notebook Battery Life
The new firmware update doesn't change the amount of time you can run a notebook on battery power too much. The 960GB was the only drive to see an increase. That capacity gained 16 minutes and put our Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook past the 5-hour mark. The other capacities lost a little time in the test.
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