Something new we are starting to do is run the storage consistency test in the PCMark 8 application from Futuremark. In short, it looks at drive performance degradation as the drive becomes “dirty” and how it rebounds after given time to recover and run background routines like garbage collection and TRIM. This takes nearly a day to run through all of the iterations of test sets. Since most of our benchmarks show the drive performance in a clean state, this is a nice contrast to provide yet another view of performance. PCMark 8’s storage benchmark test contains workload traces from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3. The PCMark 8 Consistency test has five phases: Precondition phase
Steady state phase
Benchmark Results: Unexpectedly, the BX100 drive actually performed better on this benchmark in the recovery phase of the test, similar to that of the older MX100. The MX200 drives really don’t do a very good job of recovering after running through the degraded states with recovery numbers failing to climb past 100MB/s.