Moderate Workload Model
We categorize these tests as indicative of a moderate workload environment.
PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests
Version and / or Patch Used: 220.127.116.11
The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.
We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's consumer guidelines. Steady state testing simulates a drive's performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty, lightly used secondary device.
OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used
OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State
Secondary Volume Empty - FOB
There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.
The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing.
Focusing in on steady-state, we find the RC100 defeating the contenders in our test pool with the exception of Plextor's M8Se. Empty is also a win for the RC100 480GB. Once again, we will note that patching for Spectre/Meltdown has a hugely negative impact on overall performance.
PCMark 7 - System Storage
Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0
We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives. When evaluating NVMe SSDs we are typically looking for a minimum score of 11,000.
OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used
Patching rears its ugly head yet again. The RC100 is without question faster than the SBX, 600P and SX8000, but our chart does not reflect this fact. Never-the-less, the RC100 performs very well considering it is running patched and the others are not.
Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304
We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives.
Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. We focus on the total score first and then storage bandwidth when evaluating PCMark 8 results.
OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used
PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. For being patched, the RC100 delivers the goods very well. We are of the opinion that if the 480GB RC100 was not running patched it would win this outright. Our evidence for this will be illustrated by the next benchmark where we run the RC100 unpatched.
BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE Application Performance
Version and / or Patch Used: 18.104.22.168
SYSmark 2014 SE is considered the gold standard for testing system performance because it is an application based benchmark. This test gives us the ultimate in real-world results because it utilizes actual applications running on the system, instead of playing back recorded traces. If you want to know what kind of impact a particular SSD will have on your system's overall performance; this test will show you.
Our systems are much more powerful than the calibration system (1000-point baseline) used by BAPCo, so we ran an OCZ TL100 120GB SATA III SSD to establish a comparison point relative to our test systems. We will be running this test going forward and we will add drives to our chart as we test them.
It is important to keep in mind that a few points are a big deal when comparing SYSmark scoring on the same platform. This line-up is a bit different than up to this point. This is because all these SSDs were run on our Z270 Platform. Other benchmarks are relatively unaffected when we switch platforms, but SYSmark must be run on the same platform for comparison accuracy.
We ran the RC100 unpatched for this test. This is the real deal, this is what matters most - actual application performance. And there you have it. The RC100 is considerably faster than MDD's SBX when running applications. It is even faster than Corsair's MLC powered NX500 Add-In-Card.
The results of this test accurately reflect how our system "feels" when running the RC100. It is very responsive, boots like lightning, and multitasks very well. We have a hard time distinguishing between an RC100 system disk and most 4-lane system disks. In fact, compared with the other SSDs that comprise our main test pool, the RC100 delivers a significantly better user experience.
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