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.
12GB Movie folder – 24 files (mix of Blu-ray and 4K 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.
21GB 8K Movie demos.
11GB 4K Raw Movie Clips (8 MP4V files).
The Seagate FireCuda 510 handled our real life file transfers without any problems.
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 lop and using a NVMe drive instead saw some mighty transfer rates being delivered with over 1GB/s performance for all bar four of the tests and over 2GB/s for the 12GB Movie Folder, BluRay movie and 10GB Photo folder transfers.