Game Load Time
Moving over to application testing, the game load time test taken from the Final Fantasy: Stormblood game relies heavily on random read performance at low queue depths.
The PNY XLR8 CS3030 performs right where we expect it to based on the synthetic tests on the previous page.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses nine application to perform ten tests using common software that many of us rely on every day. The applications, like Word, Excel, and Photoshop, use a wider range of block sizes and a mix of random and sequential data. The average throughput score combinations the results of all the tests into an easy to compare result.
The PNY XLR8 CS3030 performs well in these tests with applications, but it doesn't stand out from the other E12 drives we've already tested like the BPX Pro from MyDigitalSSD.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The new optimizations have decreased performance under heavy workloads compared to the early E12 products we tested. The CS3030 also takes longer to recover full performance when given time to recover.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
The SYSmark test simulates a typical day in the office down to the pauses from coffee or bathroom breaks. We spotted improved system responsiveness from reduced latency in applications with the CS3030, but the drive still lacks the explosive punch found in drives with the Silicon Motion, Inc. SM2262/2262EN like the two drives at the top of this performance chart.
MobileMark 2012 1.5 Notebook Battery Life
We use a Lenovo Y700-17 gaming notebook with support for both 2.5" SATA and M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs to measure battery life using BAPCo's MobileMark 2012 software.
This is one area where Phison E12-based SSDs have not performed well. On average, NVMe SSDs use more power than SATA SSDs. Even in this power-hungry notebook, the PNY XLR8 CS3030 delivers nearly 5 hours of office use on a single charge.