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. What Vantage doesn't show us is how a drive will perform in a used or "dirty" state. At the time of the Vantage tests each drive has been tested in a number of prior tests that move the drives into a condition that is similar to what an average user would find their solid state drive after a couple hours of medium duty use.
Here we see that 1819 increased the performance in many tests over the first release, 1571. The 1916 release shows a slight performance decrease when compared to the 1819, but giving up a small amount of performance in a snapshot means you will increase your average performance since the drive is able to scrub the data clean faster.
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