Real World File Transfer
The first custom test that we are going to do is to show how fast each portable drive can read and write a compressed folder. For this we backed up a Steam copy of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for the test file. The compressed folder was 30.5 GB in size and we moved it to the portable SSD and then performed read test of that file.
Benchmark Results: The ArmorLock finished this test with 781.29 MB/s on reading the compressed file and 354.22 MB/s writing that file. Second best among the many portable SSDs that we have tested.
Our hardest test is to copy the entire the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game directory and then move it to the portable SSD. This file is just shy of 200GB in size and really hammers the portable SSD being tested as it is one long sustained write operation. The ArmorLock 1TB drive finished this test at 597.17 MB/s and that is the best time that we have ever seen from a 10 Gbps device and interface.
Game Load Time Testing
To test game load times we used the benchmark for the game title Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers that was released in July 2019. We bumped up the resolution from 1080P to 1440P, but other than that we left all the settings at their stock values. Pretty much every SSD on the market today claims to be aimed at gamers, so this test shows you how the drives we tested perform on an actual game title in a series that every gamer has heard of.
Benchmark Results: Game load times are very important for some users as many gamers use portable SSDs to expand their game storage space. The ArmorLock doesn’t claim to be a game drive, so when it finished with a score of 18.70 seconds for load times we weren’t too shocked.