To test the real-life performance of a drive we use a mix of folder/file types and by using the FastCopy utility (which gives a time as well as MB/s result) we record the performance of drive reading from & writing to a 256GB Samsung SSD850 PRO.
We use the following folder/file types:
- 100GB data file.
- 60GB iso image.
- 60GB Steam folder – 29,521 files.
- 50GB File folder – 28,523 files.
- 12GB Movie folder – (15 files – 8 @ .MKV, 4 @ .MOV, 3 @ MP4).
- 10GB Photo folder – (304 files – 171 @ .RAW, 105 @ JPG, 21 @ .CR2, 5 @ .DNG).
- 10GB Audio folder – (1,483 files – 1479 @ MP3, 4 @ .FLAC files).
- 5GB (1.5bn pixel) photo.
- BluRay Movie – 42GB.
- 21GB 8K Movie demos – (11 demos)
- 16GB 4K Raw Movie Clips – (9 MP4V files).
- 4.25GB 3D Printer File Folder – (166 files – 105 @ .STL, 38 @ .FBX, 11 @ .blend, 5 @ .lwo, 4 @ .OBJ, [email protected] .3ds).
- 1.5GB AutoCAD File Folder (80 files – 60 @ .DWG and 20 @.DXF).
The Acer FA100 handled our real-life file tests without any real problems although it has to be said that it seemed to find reading the 60GB iso image a bit of a struggle judging from the read score and the time it took to carry out the task.
To get a measure of how much faster PCIe NVMe drives are than standard SATA SSD’s we use the same files but transfer to and from a 2TB Kioxia Exceria Plus drive:
Switching over to all NVMe storage testing saw some impressive jumps in performance. Three of the write transfers and six of the read were over 2GB/s. Once again the read performance when the drive was working on the 60GB iso image was slower than we expected and on this occasion, it was joined by the read performance when dealing with the 100GB data file.