XPG Atom 30 250GB/1TB Kit Review (Page 8 of 10)

Page 8 - Benchmark: PCMark 10

About PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarks. Updated for Windows 10 with new and improved workloads, PCMark 10 is also faster and easier to use.

PCMark 10 features a comprehensive set of tests that cover the wide variety of tasks performed in the modern workplace. With a range of performance tests, custom run options, Battery Life Profile, and new Storage benchmarks, PCMark 10 is the complete PC benchmark for the modern office.

From: Developer's Page

PCMark 10 is the latest version of the popular full system benchmark from UL. We used PCMark 10's Full System Drive Benchmark to test the performance of the drive. According to UL, the Full System Drive Benchmark uses a wide-ranging set of real-world traces from popular applications and common tasks to fully test the performance of the fastest modern drives. The following traces were used and defined as follows:

boo: Booting Windows 10
sacr: Adobe Acrobat - starting the application until usable
saft: Adobe After Effects - starting the application until usable
sill: Adobe Illustrator - starting the application until usable
spre: Adobe Premiere Pro - starting the application until usable
slig: Adobe Lightroom - starting the application until usable
sps: Adobe Photoshop - starting the application until usable
bf: Battlefield V - starting the game until the main menu
cod: Call of Duty Black Ops 4 - starting the game until the main menu
ow: Overwatch - starting the game until main menu
aft: Using Adobe After Effects
exc: Using Microsoft Excel
ill: Using Adobe Illustrator
ind: Using Adobe InDesign
pow: Using Microsoft PowerPoint
psh: Using Adobe Photoshop (heavy use)
psl: Using Adobe Photoshop (light use)
cp1: Copying 4 ISO image files, 20 GB in total, from a secondary drive to the target drive (write test)
cp2: Making a copy of the ISO files (read-write test)
cp3: Copying the ISO to a secondary drive (read test)
cps1: Copying 339 JPEG files, 2.37 GB in total, to the target drive (write test)
cps2: Making a copy of the JPEG files (read-write test)
cps3: Copying the JPEG files to another drive (read test)

Taking a look at these first two graphs, you can see the XPG Atom 30 1TB struggled a bit more in this sort of test, especially in direct competition with other PCIe 3.0-based NVMe SSDs. This included falling behind the Western Digital Blue SN570 1TB and Crucial P5 500GB. The only two drives the Atom 30 1TB was able to beat out were older drives in the WD Black SN750 and Seagate FireCuda 510. The final score tells most of the story, but there are some important details to look through the twenty-three different traces and tests. In the simulated real-life workloads, you can see that there were only a few tests with notable deltas between the evaluated drives, including the loading games tests and the read and write tests. The Atom 30 1TB generally traded across the board with the FireCuda 510, but eked out a small win for a slightly higher overall score.

As for the ADATA SU670 Ultimate, this drive again put out good numbers, beating out some older SATA SSDs, but also performing decidedly slower than the Lexar NQ100. In the details, you can see the Atom 30 1TB was in the middle of the four drives for every single application test until we reached the read-write tests at the end of the graph. The SU670 was close behind the Lexar NQ100 in every other test, coming in second for almost all of them while notably higher in the final set of read and write test. Based on the type of copying, you can see the SU670 was better at reading and writing many small files, rather than a handful of large files. Otherwise, the SU670 Ultimate performed as you might expect for a budget SATA solution.

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