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. Windows users can count on Vantage to show them how a drive will perform in normal day to day usage scenarios. For most users these are the tests that matter since many of the old hat ways to measure performance have become ineffective to measure true Windows performance.
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
SSDs don't follow the traditional route that has been carved by HDDs where high sequential numbers always mean high real world numbers. The new Marvell controller has only 8 channels while the SandForce SF-1500 has double that amount. Here we see the pre-production A-DATA S501 in some tests running with the SandForce SF-1200 drives, but losing in many.
If you remember back to our tests of the RunCore Pro V at CES, a SandForce drive we tested at around the same stage we are testing the A-DATA S501 at right now, the drive improved quite a bit between the early sample test and the final production units we are testing now. At this point you are fairly certain that the A-DATA S501 will be able to pick up quite a bit of speed in the real world tests, but these are the numbers that are popping out now.