How we test
For each of the SSDs in this month’s Labs, we used CrystalDiskMark 5.21 to measure maximum read and write speeds, for both sequential workloads and multi-threaded 4K data blocks. You can see these results next to each review, and on p80 – along with scores from a 1TB Seagate Barracuda mechanical drive for comparison.
While this benchmark exposes each unit’s technical capabilities, it doesn’t necessarily reflect how different drives stack up in real-world use. Therefore, we also use the Futuremark PCMark 8 benchmark to test how quickly each drive can “play through” a standard set of disk operations, captured from real-world applications including Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office.
As well as performance, we consider any additional features and functions; this might include encryption capabilities, accessories or software in the box, and any other goodies that the manufacturer offers. Finally, we look at the price of each drive, in light of its performance and features – plus, of course, its capacity. Based on performance, features and value for money, each drive receives a star rating out of five.
We used the CrystalDiskMark 5.21 benchmark software to measure maximum read and write speeds