Gigabyte UD PRO 256GB 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, 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 a SSD's true capabilities. Overall, the Gigabyte UD PRO 256GB's results were poor for its class. I have decided to compare it from one of each of the recent budget drives from each manufacturer, which includes Kingston, Crucial, and Toshiba OCZ. In the first chart, where it was compared against the Kingston UV500, the UD PRO was on average, 8% and 10% slower in its degradation and steady phases, respectively, and 5% faster in the recovery phases. In the second chart, where the Crucial MX500 was its rival, it performed slower by 40%, 39%, and 7% slower in degradation, stead, and recovery phases respectively. In the third chart, where it was compared against the Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB, the UD PRO was faster by 124%, 151%, and 93% in degradation, steady, and recovery phases. However, the last result was more astonishing because of the slowness of the TR200. I will say however, the scores are pretty consistent across each of the phases, which is a good thing.

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 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8
11. Conclusion