Crucial P5 Plus 2TB (Heatsink Version) Review (Page 9 of 10)

Page 9 - Benchmark: 3DMark

About 3DMark

3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your PC and mobile devices in one app. Whether you're gaming on a PC, a tablet or a smartphone, 3DMark includes benchmarks designed specifically for your hardware.

Fast storage means shorter loading times and more time in the game. The 3DMark Storage Benchmark is a dedicated component test for measuring the gaming performance of your storage hardware. Using traces recorded from real games, it tests performance for activities such as loading games, saving progress, installing game files, and recording gameplay video streams.

From: Developer's Page

3DMark is the continuously updated version of the popular gaming benchmark from UL. We used 3DMark's Storage Benchmark to test the performance of the Crucial P5 Plus 2TB. According to UL, the Storage Benchmark uses traces recorded from popular games and gaming-related activities to measure real-world gaming performance. The following traces were used and defined as follows:

Battlefield V: Loading Battlefield V from launch to the main menu.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4: Loading Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from launch to the main menu.
Overwatch: Loading Overwatch from launch to the main menu.
Game Move: Copying the Steam folder for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive from an external SSD to the system drive.
Game Recording: Recording a 1080p gameplay video at 60 FPS with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while playing Overwatch.
Installing Game: Installing The Outer Worlds from the Epic Games Launcher.
Game Saving: Saving game progress in The Outer Worlds.

Similar to PCMark 10, the Crucial P5 Plus 2TB came in at the back in its overall performance result, except this time it was actually dead last. That said, it was not super far behind other budget drives. The P5 Plus 2TB remained in the same ballpark as the Corsair MP600 Core XT 2TB and XPG Gammix S70 Blade 1TB, where the Gammix S70 is not a budget drive. The final score tells a lot of the story, but the details are important as we look at the throughput of each of the seven traces used. In these simulated real-life gaming workloads, the P5 Plus 2TB was marginally slower than the P5 Plus 1TB in every single trace. Like it was in PCMark 10, the P5 Plus 2TB traded punches with the P3 Plus series, but still could not pull a better score than the duo in the end. I will let you make your own comparisons using the graphs above.

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 8.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
7. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10
8. Benchmark: PCMark 10
9. Benchmark: 3DMark
10. Conclusion