We ran two benchmarks using PCMark 10: the Full System Drive Benchmark as well as the Data Drive Benchmark.
The Rocket NVMe 512GB again performs well, keeping up with the best of the PCIe 3.0 drives we have tested.
For the Data Drive benchmark, the Rocket NVMe 512GB has an excellent showing, somehow managing to beat out even the Rocket 4.0 1TB drive. This is one we were not expecting.
SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Storage Benchmark
SPECworstation benchmark is an excellent benchmark to test systems using workstation type workloads. In this test, we only ran the Storage component, which is 15 separate tests.
The Rocket NVMe 512GB finishes strong here and trades blows with the Samsung PM961 drive. Depending on which sub-benchmark you look at, either drive could be crowned the winner here.
We monitored the idle and maximum temperature during testing with HWMonitor to get some idea of the thermal performance and requirements of the drive. Please keep in mind that our test bench is an open frame chassis in a 22º C room, and is thus not representative of a cramped low-airflow case.
The Rocket NVMe had an impressively low idle temperature, with a warm but not worrisome load temperature.
The Rocket NVMe 512GB is a mainstream PCIe 3.0 SSD that retails for around $80. This represents a significantly better capacity per dollar than its closest competitor in our benchmarks, the recently reviewed 970 EVO Plus 250GB, which costs $5 more and offers less than half the capacity. Since it uses TLC NAND as opposed to its QLC sibling the Rocket Q 500GB, performance overall is better than on the more value-oriented drive. The Rocket NVMe 512GB performed admirably for a PCIe 3.0 SSD and would be appropriate for use as a workstation drive, server boot volume, or SSD read cache drive for a storage array or NAS device.
In the PCIe 3.0 space, the Rocket NVMe 512GB is nearing the limits of the interface for read performance. For write performance, it is also very good, though it can be outperformed by larger SSDs. At the $80 price point it is hard to argue against the speed and value offered by the Rocket NVMe 512GB and if you are in the market for a high-performance SSD and are limited to PCIe 3.0, it should be on your radar.