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: SMI controllers generally do well on when it comes to game load times, so we were happy to see the Intel SSD 665p land right in the middle of the pack. Oddly enough, the Crucial P1 had basically the load times! The Intel SSD 665p 1TB drive did better than all the SATA III drives, so using a larger M.2 drive with QLC NAND Flash as your secondary game drive might not be a bad idea.
Let’s wrap up this review!