3DMark introduces storage benchmarks as DLC

3DMark, a well-known benchmark used to measure graphics card performance, has been updated to include storage benchmarks. It uses real-world workloads to evaluate the storage capacity of the system, rather than a simple comprehensive test.

The new benchmark is designed to accurately measure and compare various storage devices, from PCIe 4.0 NVMe drives to SATA drives, and even old mechanical hard drives. The test included measuring the load time of several popular games, including Battlefield V, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Overwatch. Another test is to use OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) to record 1080p game video at 60 FPS when playing “Overwatch”, as well as game save measurement and file copy test.

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SSD performance is an underestimated part of the gaming experience. It’s not just loading time, but also things like card conversion, saving and minimizing in-game asset pop-up windows, not to mention all the random things the operating system does in the background that might affect the game. So such benchmarks are very welcome.

We ran benchmark tests on the 12th generation i9-12900K system equipped with PCIe 4.0 Adata XPG Gammix S70 2TB drives. The score of 2410 looks good, but this is a high-end PCIe 4.0 drive. The rusty spinner doesn’t look good. If you have been considering upgrading your storage, it is worth checking out our top gaming SSD selection.

Please note that this test requires a considerable amount of 30GB to run, but the data will be deleted at the end of the benchmark run. Storage Benchmark DLC is now available on Steam for US$2.99 ​​(AU$4.50) or approved UL benchmark website.