We like PCMark's Storage 2.0 benchmark module for its real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark
offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video and photo editing with Adobe
applications, we are comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.
The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro performed particular well in the trace-based PCMark Storage tests. Although the deltas separating today's fast, NVMe SSDs are quite small, the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro manages to pull off a first place victory nonetheless. It offered the best all-around performance in the individual sub-tests, the highest bandwidth score, and the best overall score of the bunch.