To test 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.
100GB data file.
60GB iso image.
60GB Steam folder – 29,521 files.
50GB File folder – 28,523 files.
21GB 8K Movie demos.
12GB Movie folder – 24 files (mix of Blu-ray and 4K files).
11GB 4K Raw Movie Clips (8 MP4V files).
10GB Photo folder – 621 files (mix of png, raw and jpeg images).
10GB Audio folder – 1,483 files (mix of mp3 and .flac files).
5GB (1.5bn pixel) photo.
The Force MP600 had no problems dealing with our real-life file transfer tests. The drive is much more efficient at handling larger file sizes than the smaller files found in the 60GB Steam, 50GB file and 10GB audio folders.
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 512GB Toshiba OCZ RD400.
Taking the SATA SSD out of the picture gives an idea of just how capable the Force MP600 is. The 60GB ISO file took 1m 52s to write to the SATA drive and 2m 8s to come back the other way, whereas it takes just 44.1 seconds to write to the NVMe drive and 42.7 seconds to read the data back. The 21GB 8K movie scene folder took 31 seconds to write to the SATA drive but a mere 6 seconds to write to the Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe drive.