Sandisk Ultra 3D & WD Blue 3D 1TB SSD review

First 3D NAND-SSDs of Sandisk and WD tested

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PCMark8

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 PCMark8 the WD and Sandisk also perform well. Note that the storage bandwidth of the WD Blue 3D is a lot higher than that of the Sandisk. This might explain the performance difference between the two that we saw with QD1 in the Iometer-tests. 

On the next page you can find the subscores.


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two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Sandisk Ultra 3D SSD 1TB

SSD, 1000 GB, Serial ATA 600, Marvell 88SS1074, 560 MB/s, 530 MB/s, 2.5 inch

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£269.94

Avg. £275.46
5 shops, 4x stock

Western Digital Blue 3D 1TB

SSD, 1000 GB, Serial ATA 600, Marvell 88SS1074, 560 MB/s, 530 MB/s, 2.5 inch

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£280.53

Avg. £284.02
6 shops, 4x stock

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