Crucial BX500 480GB Review (Page 10 of 11)

Page 10 - Benchmark: PCMark 8

About PCMark 8

PCMark 8 is the latest version in our series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of PC, from tablets to desktops. With five separate benchmark tests plus battery life testing, PCMark 8 helps you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance. PCMark 8 is the complete PC benchmark for home and business.

From: Developer's Page

PCMark 8 Storage Consistency Test is one of our favorite benchmarks. Nowadays, many drives are well optimized for high benchmark scores when they are empty, but what separates the professional players from the amateurs is how it stands up to a truly punishing workload. PCMark 8's Storage Consistency Test is designed exactly for this purpose. Going through five phases -- precondition, degradation, steady state, recovery, and clean up -- to extend beyond real world application simulations, this benchmark takes just over two days to complete, but the results are revealing of a SSD's true capabilities. Overall, the Crucial BX500 480GB's results were straight up poor. I understand this is an ultra-budget product made for replacing your hard drive, but just look at how it compared against other ultra-budget drives. In the first chart against the BX300, the BX500 got destroyed so badly, it was not even funny. The BX500 was, on average, a whopping 83%, 73%, and 50% slower in its degradation, steady, and recovery phases, respectively, compared to its predecessor. In the second chart, where it was compared against the UV500, the BX500 was, on average, 69%, 84%, and 37% slower in its degradation, steady, and recovery phases, respectively. In the third chart, where it was compared against the Gigabyte UD PRO, the BX500 was, on average, 66%, 70%, and 41% slower in its degradation, steady, and recovery phases, respectively. The worst part was all the compared drives were in the 250GB range, while the BX500 was in the 500GB range. Higher capacity drives generally do better in this test due to the nature of this benchmark. The BX500 was simply not made for heavy workloads.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8
11. Conclusion