PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests
Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark-vantage/
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PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.
FutureMark has developed a good set of hard disk tests for their PCMark Vantage Suite. These tests are based on real world applications that many of us use daily.
HDD1 - Windows Defender
HDD2 - Gaming
HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery
HDD4 - Vista Startup
HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker
HDD6 - Windows Media Center
HDD7 - Windows Media Player
HDD8 - Application Loading
Typical users running Windows 7 will find this set of benchmarks the most beneficial for determining how a drive will perform in their system. If you are upgrading from a standard platter drive or even an Indilinx based SSD you will see a significant performance increase that you can feel while bouncing around Windows.
When compared to our current benchmark king, the Crucial RealSSD C300, we that the Vertex 2 Pro is able to outperform the C300 in a couple of key benchmarks and runs fairly close in the others. With results like these it is fair to say that the average user will not feel much difference when switching back and forth between one drive and the other if the C300 is only running in SATA 3G mode. The SATA 6G numbers for the C300 show that there really isn't any replacement for a higher available bandwidth when you are able to take advantage of it. We will go over this more in the conclusion of this article.