Intel SSD DC P3520 Series NVMe PCIe Enterprise Solid State Drive Review

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PCMark Secondary Storage Tests

We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 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 editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more 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.

Futuremark PCMark 7 Secondary Storage



The Intel SSD DC P3520 2TB drive isn't designed or tuned for the consumer-class workloads of PCMark, but we know many of you reading this will be interested in these results since the P3520 can be had for barely over $.50 per GB.  As you can see, though the Intel SSD DC P3520 2TB drive trailed the other drives, its performance is competitive with other NVMe PCIe-based solid state drives and it's only the Starting Applications sub-test that pulls the drive's overall score down.

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