Game Load Time
The first thing you will notice in the game load-time test from Final Fantasy: Stormbood is just how close most of the drives load the levels. The Cardea II is right around 1 second off the best time on the chart, but that is still a very close set of results compared to hard disk drives.
PCMark 8 Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses a wider range of applications to measure disk performance. The tests range from two games to Microsoft and Adobe applications. The Cardea II performs really well in this broad-spectrum suite and even outperforms the Samsung 970 EVO Plus in this capacity.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test uses the same applications but starts with the drive in a degraded performance state from long data writes to the drives. The software then runs the applications over and over for several passes without a break that allows the drive to perform garbage collection effectively. In the recovery stages, the portion of the test we focus on, the drives get five minutes of recovery time to show how quickly performance recovers.
Under heavy workloads, many of the drives cluster together with varying degrees of consistency. The 512GB Cardea II shows very consistent performance through the degraded and steady-state phases. In the recovery phases, the drive takes a little longer but manages to get back up to pace before the test ends.