TxBench is one of our newly discovered benchmarks that we works much the same as Crystal Diskmark, but with several other features. Advanced load benchmarking can be configured, as well as full drive information and data erasing via secure erase, enhanced secure erase, TRIM and overwriting. Simply click on the title for a free copy.
The SSD Review uses PCMark 8’s Storage test suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, it covers some of the most popular light to heavy workloads. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. After an initial break-in cycle and three rounds of the testing, we are given a file score and bandwidth amount. The higher the score/bandwidth, the better the drive performs.
We were actually very impressed with the PCMark 8 results with respect to the Crucial P5. It ranked very well in comparison.
REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Crucial P5 NVMe enters the SSD market abit late. Don’t get me wrong as it is a decent SSD. The reality is, however, that most companies have pushed forward with bigger and better, even in their PCIe 3.0 SSD sales. The reason for this is that, all but Samsung, rely on third party controllers from companies such as Phison, SMI, Realtek, or Marvell. In fact, Crucial SSDs at one time used Marvell controllers exclusively, at least until the release of their MX500 when they switched from Marvell’s 88SS1074 to Silicon Motion’s SM2258. Wait for it though. The small price Crucial has paid in being late to the game now, simply to perfect their own NVMe controller IP, may pay huge dividends later on.
As for the P5. it is a decent SSD that we might consider upper tier when looking at the big picture. It has data transfer throughput of 3.5GB/s read and 3.1GB/s write as listed in specifications. It has strong read and write IOPS above 400K and comes with a 5-year warranty, which is pretty much standard these days. It’s strengths that separate them from many others lie in things unseen such as their SSD encryption and thermal protection.
The only thing really we have any concern with might be pricing, especially for that 2TB version as we are seeing it listed above $400US. Their pricing at all levels seems to be middle of the pack to high which is odd, as Crucial has been known to literally change the industry price point of SSDs in the past. We might consider a reevaluation of the price point for the P5…just to stay in tune with the great pricing we have seen in former initial releases.