Crucial P2 500GB Review (Page 10 of 11)

Page 10 - Benchmark: PCMark 8

About PCMark 8

PCMark 8 is an industry standard PC benchmarking tool. With PCMark 8 you can 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. It's the complete PC benchmark for home and business.

From: Developer's Page

PCMark 8 Storage Consistency Test is one of our favorite benchmarks, but also one of the more taxing ones too. 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 around two days to complete, but the results are revealing of an SSD's true capabilities.

Up to this point, the Crucial P2 500GB has been generally impressive in the benchmarks. However, all of the previous results were given with the drive being empty, if not near empty. With these tests, we can see what happens to the performance when the drive starts filling up. Overall, the numbers from the P2 500GB were quite up and down through the three stages. The first graph shows the comparison between the Crucial P1 500GB and this one. The P1 500GB unfortunately produced very poor results in every single region. It should be noted the P1 uses QLC NAND memory compared to the TLC NAND found in the P2 500GB. Compared to the similarly sized Patriot P300 512GB, the numbers were a bit more comparable, although the Crucial P2 500GB took victories in the steady and recovery portions of the test. The final graph compares the P2 500GB with the SN500 500GB. As you can tell by the graphs, the Western Digital drive was both more consistent and faster in all three benchmark phases.

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 6.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8
11. Conclusion