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Enmotus FuzeDrive performance tests

Fastest boot-to-shoot

Enmotus, as you will recall, has designed some clever storage-blending coupled with machine learning to make frequently used applications and files first to load, and run. Is that important? And if it is, can you measure it, can you prove it?

Yes, yes, and yes.

We took an AMD Threadripper with an EVGA 1080Ti, and ran some tests on it, and to be fair, we ran the same tests on the new, second generation Ryzen, the Ryzen 7 2700X with a Vega64. We choose the Ryzen 7 2700x because AMD is providing the Enmotus software for free.

We ran two benchmarks: PC Mark 10 and PassMark, with and without the Enmotus magic FuzeDrive software. The results speak for themselves—Enmotus’ FuzeDrive makes a PC faster.

Running Enmotus on an AMD Threadripper gives an overall improvement in PC Mark 10 performance of 11%.

Running Enmotus on an AMD Threadripper gives an overall improvement in PassMark performance of 78%.

The results were different on the new Ryzen, but still very favorable for Enmotus.

Running Enmotus on an AMD Ryzen gives an overall improvement in PC Mark 10 performance of 14%.

Running Enmotus on an AMD Ryzen gives an overall improvement in PassMark performance of 41%.

The processors and system configurations are shown in the following table.

Ryzen 7 2700X Test Bed
ProcessorRyzen 7 2700X3.7 GHZ Base
RAM16GBDDR4
OSWindows 10 Pro 64-bit
MBAsus ROG Crosshair VII Hero
DrivesSamsung SSD 860 EVO250GB
Sandisk512GB
WDC WD20E2R2`2000GB
Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
ProcessorRyzen ThreadRipper 1950X3.4 GHz
RAM32GB1065 MHz
OSWindows 10 Pro 64-bit
MBAsus ROG Zenith Extreme
DrivesEnmotus T00 FuzeDrive1508GB
Samsung SSD 960 Pro512GB
Vega RX 64EVGA 1080TI
Core Clock1630 MHz1570 MHz
Memory8GB DDR512GB DDR5
Memory Clock945 MHz11000 MHz
Stream Processors40963584 Cuda Cores
Wattage295650
TMB484484
Driver18.3.4391.35
Price$800$1,000

System and processor specifications

The disk sizes are not exactly the same, and one would think if the SSD was larger the results would be better. In the case of PassMark 10 that proved to be true, but not in PC Mark 10. The average of all the tests came out to a ridiculous 246% which was heavily influenced (but not weighted) by the disk test in PassMark.

Enmotus charges from $20 to $60 for their software.

FuzeDrive BasicFuzeDrive Plus
Up to 128GB Fast Tier SSD1Up to 1TB Fast Tier SSD1
NVMe and SAS/SATA SSDNVMe and SAS/SATA SSD
2GB FuzeRAM4GB FuzeRAM
For AMD RyzenFor AMD Ryzen
$19.99$59.99

Pricing for Enmotus FuzeDrive software

FuzeDrive combines fast and slow storage drives into a single C: drive. As you use it, it learns how you use your computer and adapts automatically to make sure performance is optimized. It automatically moves frequently used data to the fast SSD tier and less frequently used data to the capacity tier. Your applications are served up from your fast storage media resulting in fast boot times, accelerated game loading and applications. Dynamic data movement means you no longer have to manually manage what drive to store your data on.

You can create virtual SSDs—vSSD—from 1TB to 10TB in size with SSD performance, so it gives you the effect of SSD performance and capacity.

What do we think?

Enmotus is only offering their software for AMD Ryzen-based system as of now. During our beta testing we learned that the software will not work with older systems due to the BIOS. And, as mentioned in our pervious write up, the software is tricky to install. However, if you’re comfortable swapping out a GPU driver, or installing software tools, you can probably handle FuzeDrive. Just make sure you backup your drives before you start, and that you know where all your licenses are.

I can tell you the difference in game play can be felt. The games load faster, but more importantly, maps load faster. One of the most annoying things in big games is being taken out of the game while you wait for a map or video cut to load.

Also, most new computers already have an SSD in them, so you probably don’t have to buy any hardware. However, be warned—it’s addictive. After we got it running, we then replaced all the 128 GB and 256 GB SATA SSDs with 512 GB NVMe drives.

In two years, as the OEMs build this into their systems, we’ll not only take it for granted as we do high-speed PCI, DisplayLink, or Freesync, we’ll wonder how we ever got along without it—it’s like going back to a rotary phone.

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About the Author:

Robert Dow is the Manager of Digital Media at JPR. Robert has been with Jon Peddie Research since 2005. Beginning as a researcher and editor for JPR, Robert has been focused the CG market for over 15 years. He recently transitioned into his current role. Before coming to work for Jon Peddie Research he worked in marketing for THX, a division of Lucasfilm.

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