Game Load Time
Loading video games on your PC is far from the most strenuous activity for your storage system. SSDs accelerate performance a great deal over hard disk drives, but most have learned that moderately priced SSDs are more than capable of delivering excellent performance. The 250GB SN500 delivers strong game loading performance in our Final Fantasy: Stormblood test.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses a wide range of applications to measure disk performance. We take the individual results and present them as an easy to read throughput score.
The 250GB SN500's score of 401 MB/s bests every SATA SSD we've ever tested thanks to the drive's ability to read and write sequential data at a higher rate than what the SATA bus is capable of.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test uses the same applications as the standard test but starts the automated process by pushing the drives into a steady-state condition. From there the test starts and continues to work the drives in the degraded performance state. The recovery phases of the test are what we focus on with consumer SSDs. This state injects 5-minutes of recovery time that allows the drives to perform background cleanup operations to increase performance. We're looking at how long it takes a drive to recover performance after the heavy workout.
The 250GB SN500 recovers well in our testing and easily outperforms the other purpose-built mainstream NVMe SSDs. The performance during the recovery phases is closest to the two premium models, SX8200 Pro and BPX Pro.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
The SYSmark 2014 SE Responsiveness Test from BAPCo measures disk performance from a latency perspective to show the user experience. The base score, 1000, was set in a system using an OEM version of the Samsung 850 EVO. The new WD Blue SN500 NVMe delivers slightly higher responsiveness compared to the base system.
Notebook Battery Life
BAPCo also developed our notebook battery life test. We use MobileMark for this test with a Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 gaming notebook for this test. The 250GB SN500 delivered just under 5 hours of "on" time with the office-focused workload. This is below average for all SSDs (SATA drives usually produce better results) but just at the tail end of NVMe models.