Western Digital Blue SN570 NVMe SSD 1TB 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.

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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 drive. 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.

As the newest test in our suite of benchmarks, you can see the Western Digital Blue SN570 NVMe SSD 1TB was among the lower scoring drives, although it is a bit of an unfair comparison since the majority of the other ones are PCIe 4.0-based NVMe options. In some specific tests, like the loading of games, the SN570 was faster than some expectedly faster drives, like the XPG Gammix S70 Blade 1TB. Even so, these differences are small and the overall numbers still show a notable margin between the two classes of solid state drives. When we look at the only other PCIe 3.0 option on this list, the Crucial P5 500GB, we can see the WD Blue SN570 provided a 10% higher overall score than the P5, with it winning in six of the seven tests. In fact, the only test the SN570 performed worse was the Game Move test, which could signify a reduction in speed due to the DRAM-less nature of the SN570 and the SLC cache filling up while copying a large folder into the drive. Otherwise, the SN570 still performed similarly in these tests as it did in the benchmarks for PCMark 10.

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