PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests
Version and / or Patch Used:1.0.0
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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
The real world tests give us a look at the most common tasks we use every day, but it also shows just how far Windows is lagging behind the hardware. There are a couple of places where Windows takes advantage of the massive speed increase from a RAID 0 array; Windows Movie Market and Media Center are two of the biggest benefactors.
The Media Center results were not graphed because they made the rest of the chart out of proportion. Basically, the Media Center test was off the chart, even more so than the Movie Maker test.
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