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 SanDisk Extreme V2 finished with average read/write speeds just above the WD My Passport (2020) and is hands down one of the fastest portable SSDs that we have ever tested. It averaged 807 MB/s on reading the compressed file and it was able to write that file at 354 MB/s.
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 SanDisk Extreme V2 1TB drive finished this test at 585.29 MB/s and that was about 4 MB/s faster than the WD My Passport SSD (2020).
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 portable SSDs as many people use these drives to expand their game storage space on their PC or console. The SanDisk Extreme V2 finished this benchmark with an average game load time of 16.57 seconds, which is less than half a second behind the WD My Passport (2020).