Game Load Time
As we've shown multiple times in the past, random read performance is directly related to how fast consumer applications load in Windows. The new 970 EVO Plus improves on the game load times compared to the two previous generation 970 products and falls in line just behind the new ADATA SX8200 Pro.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Bandwidth test uses nine common applications to fill ten tests in the suite. The tests run back to back with pauses between the workloads just like most of us run applications at home.
The 1TB 970 EVO Plus scores 645 MB/s in this test. The score is solid for a consumer drive and outperforms the older models on the chart once you set aside the 970 Pro with 2-bit per cell flash. The issue comes once you factor in the other next-generation SSDs that outperform the EVO Plus.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The Extended Storage test uses the same nine applications but wears the flash into a preconditioned steady state first. From the extremely worn state, the drives run the applications suite with measurements at different points and later moves into recovery phases with five-minute pauses between each pass. The pause allows the drives to clean up the flash through background garbage collection.
Samsung's new flash and programming move the 970 EVO Plus into workstation-class performance under heavy workloads. This is an important step for the EVO series and Samsung's 3-bit per cell flash.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
Workstation performance under heavy workloads is still different from consumer and office workloads. The Responsiveness Test scores latency, what makes your computer feel fast or slow. The 1Tb EVO Plus does a good job outperforming the previous generation but fails to overtake the 970 Pro and new SM2262EN drives.
Notebook Battery Life
Samsung's new 1.2v 96-layer flash allows the 1Tb EVO Plus to nearly match the previous generation in our Notebook Battery Life Test with BAPCo's MobileMark 2012 version 1.2. We use the Lenovo Y700-17 gaming system for this test, and the EVO Plus gives us just over 5 hours of on-battery time.
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