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Kioxia BG5 1TB SSD Review

The 3DMark Storage Benchmark uses traces recorded from popular games and gaming-related activities to measure real-world gaming performance.

Traces used –

  • Battlefield V
    Loading Battlefield™ V from launch to the main menu.
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 4
    Loading Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 from launch to the main menu.
  • Overwatch
    Loading Overwatch® from launch to the main menu.
  • Game Move
    Copying the Steam folder for Counter-Strike®: Global Offensive from an external SSD to the system drive.
  • Game Recording
    Recording a 1080p gameplay video at 60 FPS with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) while playing Overwatch®.
  • Installing Game
    Installing The Outer Worlds® from the Epic Games Launcher.
  • Game Saving
    Saving progress in The Outer Worlds game.

Kioxia's BG5 isn't a drive you would pick for gaming and to be fair to Kioxia, it's not marketed as one. In 3DMark’s Storage Test, the BG5 had an average bandwidth figure of 482MB/s for the three-game load tests (Battlefield V, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Overwatch) with an average access time of 114µs for the same three games.

The overall average bandwidth figure for the complete test run was 447.52MB/s which sees the drive in last but one place in the results chart.

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