The SPECworkstation 3 was introduced in 2018 and features 30 workloads containing nearly 140 tests. The developer updated the storage workloads that are based on traces of nearly two-dozen applications. We ran the storage workload (WPCstorge) and are using the results from just three of the tests to show the performance difference between the SSDs that we are testing. Individual scores are generated for each test and a composite score for each category is calculated based on a reference machine, yielding a “bigger is better” result. We are using the actual ‘raw score’ result in three tests that we want to show actual transfer rates rather than a composite score.
The first workload that we will be showing is a trace that uses Microsoft Visual Studio to compile a build of Mozilla Firefox browser. The ADATA Swordfish 1TB NVMe SSD finished this workload with a read speed of 588.3 MB/s.
The next trace involves a Handbrake transcode and the ADATA Swordfish 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD finished with 462.8 MB/s read and 174.6 MB/s write speeds. This placed the drive in the middle of the performance chart for one of the only times in this review as the controller and firmware does really well with this workload trace.
In the 7zip workload the ADATA Swordfish 1TB drive finished with a read speed of 1.477.6 MB/s and a write speed of 62.3 MB/s write.