Game Load Time
The Team Group T-Force Vulcan performs well but not exceptionally well in synthetic workloads, but that doesn't always carry over to real-world applications.
The drive performs really well in the game load test. We use Final Fantasy: Stormblood to measure the load times. The Vulcan is right on the heels of the Crucial MX500 and not far from the Intel 545s.
PCMark 8 Storage Bandwidth
PCMark8's Storage Test uses nine common applications to run ten individual tests. This suite shows a broader range of applications including some short hits, like opening and editing a Word document, to a long load cycle with Photoshop.
Again, we see the Team Group Vulcan performing very well. The drive actually outperforms the Crucial MX500 slightly in the broad range of applications.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
Where the drive completely surprised us is with extended workloads under heavy write conditions. The Vulcan outperformed the other SATA SSDS in the degraded and steady-state portions of the test including the Samsung 860 EVO. Come out of out the heavy write portion of the test; the Vulcan matches the 860 EVO through the recovery phases.