Game Load Time
With synthetic workloads, the ADATA SX6000 Pro trails many of the more established drives but rarely falls significantly behind. We don't expect the drive to win any application tests, but at the low price, it doesn't need to. The drive just needs to stay close to the models that cost more.
In the game load-time test featuring Final Fantasy Stormblood, the SX6000 Pro trails the Mushkin Helix-L by around 1 second. It's not a lot of time, and neither is the time it trails the SX8200 Pro that tops our performance chart. I would say that most people wouldn't even notice the difference.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses a mix between light and demanding applications. We take the ten individual test results and summarize them in an easy to compare throughput score.
The more demanding tests drive the SX6000 Pro to the bottom of the chart. Just because the SX8200 Pro nearly doubles the SX6000 Pro's throughput score doesn't mean that every user will notice an application taking longer to load and complete a task. The lighter IO workloads from the more common applications will be very close performance but the heavier applications, like very large Photoshop batches, will take quite a bit longer and users will notice.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The ADATA SX6000 Pro puts out a lot of mixed messages in our performance testing. Under very heavy workloads, the drive performs better than the Crucial P1, Intel 660p, Mushkin Helix and the Mushkin Pilot. We can't wait to see what Realtek's high-performance 8-channel controller is capable of.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
It's difficult to break into the upper tier in the Responsiveness Test with Toshiba flash. Micron 3D and Samsung V-NAND dominate the upper section of the chart. The DRAMless design adds increased complexity to the struggle.
MobileMark 2012 1.5 Notebook Battery Life
When the controller companies first pitched media DRAMless designs, low-power consumption was always a highlight. In practice, we've found that these drives take longer to complete background activities, like garbage collection. The longer load time means the drives also take longer to enter low power states to conserve energy. The result is similar, or slightly worse, notebook battery life compared to other drives with a DRAM package to cache the table map.