We like PCMark 8's Storage 2.0 benchmark module for its real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 8
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 feel 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 trace-based PCMark Storage Test proved to be another strong point for the Intel Optane SSD 905P. It offered the lowest times in all of the individual tests except for the one (After Effects), where it just missed the mark set by the 900P. As a result, the Optane SSD 905P puts up the best overall score as well. Technically, it took second place in terms of throughput, but we're talking about a tiny difference between it and the 900P, and both drives simply crushed everything else we tested.