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PCMark 8 Real-World Software Performance

This is our first set of tests with real software traces, which will show us the small differences between SSDs in the wild, outside of contrived benchmarks.

For details on our real-world software performance testing, please click here.

The greatest performance increase you'll see from a single component comes from swapping out mechanical storage in favor of an SSD. As long as your drive of choice is reliable, the difference between one SSD and another is fairly small under normal consumer workloads.

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When it comes to SATA-based SSDs, performance differences in a given task might be measured in tenths of a second. Over the course of a long benchmark, those fractions add up. But this metric presents one workload at a time.

This chart combines the results above and an average throughput rating. Suddenly, you see how small deltas turn into more significant aggregate outcomes, even in real-world tasks.

Chris Ramseyer
Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews consumer storage.