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 performance trend we've seen throughout much of this review rings true in the trace-based PCMark tests as well. Here, the Crucial P1 manages to outpace the Intel SSD 760P and AData XPG SX8200, but can't quite catch the higher-end -- and more expensive -- drives. As you can see though, the grouping in the overall score is tight.