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.
Once again, we see the Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB drive lead the pack across the board. The SSD 960 Pro posted the best overall score of the bunch in the PCMark Secondary Storage Benchmark, besting the previous-gen Samsung NVMe drive -- the SSD 950 Pro -- by a few percentage points. If you look at the individual scores, you'll also see that it wasn't just one area where the Samsung SSD 960 Pro pulled ahead, it led across the board, but especially in the Starting Applications test.