Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB Review (Page 9 of 10)

Page 9 - Benchmark: PCMark 7

About PCMark 7

PCMark 7 includes 7 PC tests for Windows 7, combining more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. Specifically designed to cover the full range of PC hardware from netbooks and tablets to notebooks and desktops, PCMark 7 offers complete PC performance testing for Windows 7 for home and business use.

From: Developer's Page

PCMark 7 aims to shed a little more insight into real life performance of your computer hardware by semi-synthetic means -- and all insight is good, right? The great thing about standardized tests is anyone can repeat them and get very similar results, given identical hardware. PCMark 7 is a Windows desktop environment based test, which is exactly what we are after. Also, we can see some caching going on between iterations, which allowed us to see what kind of boost the Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB's 8GB of NAND flash brings to the table. Well, I am not going to narrate the stuff above in detail, because we all know graphs are there for a very good reason. As you can see in our results above, the WD40E31X was pretty good uncached compared to other desktop drives. In fact, despite having a RPM disadvantage, it was faster than the Seagate Desktop SSHD in half the tests. However, we saw some huge leaps in performance when the caching kicked in for Windows Defender, Importing Pictures, Starting Applications, and Gaming results in subsequent iterations. The boost results were not quite SSD level, but it was big enough the Blue SSHD outperformed the 7,200RPM desktop drives by a quite significant margin in a number of tests. For the most part, the Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB either matched or considerably outperformed the Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB in cached mode, which was very impressive.

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 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. Conclusion