17 PCI-Express SSDs round-up: the fastest SSDs

NVMe tested in many different flavours



PCMark 8's storage benchmark is once again based on traces, but this time around, modern software is used. PCMark 8 contains traces of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, World of Warcraft, and Battlefield 3. The total score is determined by taking the geometric mean of the different subscores. Again, all traces are played back in "real time", which includes idle time. As a result, scores of different SSDs are very close to one another, just as was the case for PCMark 7. This is representative of the real world, as distinguishing modern SSDs from one another in regular consumer applications is close to impossible.

Recall that PCMark 7 also shows a Raw score for each test. Similarly, PCMark 8 shows the average playback speed of the traces' drive activity. These metrics therefore do not include idle time, and once again show the actual underlying performance differences of the SSDs. 

In PCMark 8 we find the Samsung 960 Pro at the head of the pack again. The Plextor M8Pe, Intel SSD 750, Samsung 960 Evo and Toshiba OCZ RD400 perform pretty solid as well. Worth mentioning is that the WD Black and Plextor M8Se barely perform better than SATA600-SSDs. 

On the next page you can find the subscores.

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