HEXUS SSD Test Bench
||Intel Core i7-8700K (overclocked to 4.8GHz)
||Asus ROG Maximus X Hero
||MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio
||G.Skill Trident Z 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-3200
||be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1,000W
||256GB WD Black PCIe SSD
||1TB Crucial MX300 SATA SSD
||be quiet! Dark Base 700
||iiyama ProLite X4071UHSU-B1
||Windows 10 Pro
Comparison Drive Configurations
|| Total Capacity
|WD Black NVMe
|WD Black PCIe
||CrystalDiskMark provides various storage benchmarks, but we're interested in the returned 32-thread 4K performance numbers to see how well the drives fare when tasked with numerous small transfers.
||AS SSD measures performance against a trio of popular applications.
||PCMark 8's storage test is a collection of workloads that isolate the performance of the PC's storage system.
||The hardest test we do, hitting the drive(s) with a mixed workload using differing number of users.
We are benchmarking a-new as we move SSDs on to the latest platform. This is why you will see only a trio of drives in the graphs. The purpose is to show you the benefits, if any, of moving from a good SATA-based SSD (Crucial MX300), to a first-gen PCIe NVME (WD Black), through to today's drive, the WD Black NVMe. Of course, price-per-GB goes up as we move to the fastest drives, but the following graphs ought to illuminate whether it is realy worth spending more cash.