WD Blue SN570 Gen3 NVMe SSD Review – Performance and Value in a DRAM-less SSD

PCMARK 10 FULL SYSTEM STORAGE BENCHMARK

PCMark 10 Storage Benchmarks produce an overall score as a measure of drive performance. Comparing devices is as simple as comparing scores. The tests also measure and report the bandwidth and average access time performance for the drive. Each test uses traces recorded while performing real-world tasks such as booting Windows 10, starting applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, working with applications such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, and copying several large files and many small files.

We haven’t had many Gen 3 SSDs on hand since bringing in the new Gen 4 Test Bench but did a bit of testing with the SP XD80 and the lexar NM620 as a comparison, noting of course that the XD80 contains a DRAM buffer, unlike the other two.

PCMARK 10 QUICK SYSTEM STORAGE BENCHMARK

The Quick System Drive Benchmark is a subset of the Full test and is more representative of typical daily usage to show what would be expected regarding hybrid SSD performance on a day-to-day basis.

TRUE DATA TESTING 

For our True Data Testing, we simply loaded 15GB video, music, photo and OS files onto the WD Blue SN570 NVMe SSD and copied the data to a new folder on that same disk.

Our true data testing has been completed with ONLY DRAM-less SSDs and, as expected, the Samsung 980 topped out once again.

PASSMARK PERFORMANCE TEST

We thought we might add a few extras in our report today, PassMark Performance Test DiskMark component being a nice addition.  This software tests sequential reads and writes, along with IOPS and compares the result with millions of other SSDs worldwide.  We might suggest being in the 98th percentile of all SSDs tested was a nice result, especially for a DRAM-less SSD.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: ENDWALKER BENCHMARK

The Final Fantasy Benchmark is a new tool in our arsenal and geared specifically to the gamer.  The software is installed directly on the SSD and the SSD tested, providing and end result of FPS and scene transition times. It is rather interesting comparing a Gen 3 result with Gen 4, especially for those looking to push every bit of performance into their gaming.

GEN 3 – WD BLUE SN570

GEN 4

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