We’ve stated before that the key to a good benchmark isn’t just the test you are running, but the preconditioning involved before the test. SSD FOB (Fresh out of Box) performance is always great and very close to the limits of SATA III, but real-world performance has days, weeks, and months of data on the drive.

In the past, we’ve simulated prior stress with our Data on Disk testing by adding data on the drive and running PCMark Vantage’s Storage Tests. Futuremark took that test and worked up a better method to show what we consider a better representation of real-world performance.