WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: NVMe Performance, Dirt Cheap

WD Blue SN500 SSD - PCMark Storage 2.0 Tests

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.
Futuremark's PCMark Storage 2.0




The performance trend we've seen throughout much of this review rings true in the trace-based PCMark tests as well. Here, the WD Blue SN500 lands behind the Intel SSD 760P and trails the pack overall in the various PCMark 10 tests. The deltas separating the drives are relatively small, however.

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