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 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 WD Black NVMe SSD finishes right there Western Digital
positions the drive in the trace-based PCMark Storage 2.0 tests. The higher-end and more expensive Intel Optane and Samsung SSD Pro
series drives lead the pack, but the WD Black NVMe SSD finishes in front of the SSD 970 EVO and RD400 overall.