Game Load Time
In our synthetic testing on the previous page, the 480GB Lexar NS200 never outperformed the 500GB Crucial MX500. Moving over to real-world applications, we start with the Final Fantasy: Stormblood test. The NS200 manages to claw past the MX500 by nearly a tenth of a second. It's not a massive win, but it's still a "W" none the less.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The UL PCMark 8 Storage Test uses a more diverse list of applications to measure performance. This is one of, if not the best storage test for general use application suites from Microsoft and Adobe.
The 480GB Lexar NS200 performs well with general applications that most of us use every day. The drive does trail the less expensive 500GB MX500 but still delivers respectable throughput.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The UL PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test runs the same applications as the previous test, but starts with the drives in steady-state. With consumer SSDs, we focus on the recovery phases where the drives sit idle for 5-minutes to perform background cleanup operations. The increased overprovisioning on the NS200 over the MX500 allows the drive to perform a little better under heavier workloads. It also allows the drive to recover a little faster.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
Another great storage test tool comes from BAPCo in the form of SYSmark. The 2014 SE release brings a storage test to the suite that measures overall system responsiveness. When you use the same system and just change the storage, this becomes a powerful tool to measure storage performance. The suite uses real applications in a simulated day working in an office for several hours.
The NS200 again leads the MX500 in the test thanks to the increased overprovisioning that increases performance under heavy workloads.
Notebook Battery Life
The only area where the Lexar NS200 appears in weak in our testing is in notebook use on battery power. The drive delivered over 5 hours of "on" time running office applications. It's a strong score in a gaming notebook designed for performance and not business use, but it's far less time compared to many of the other SATA SSDS shipping today.