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/
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
When the Vertex 4 first hit the market the 200MB/s limit caused some issues with this test. That prompted us to step away from the normal benchmark runs and make some conclusions based on real-world testing. Our review turned into a bit of an editorial that explained that even though what you were seeing in the benchmarks was accurate, the ultra-low access times made up for it in real-world feel.
Now the situation is reversed. The benchmark performance has increased, but the read latency has increased also. Unfortunately in this round we don't have the extra couple of days to sit down with the Vertex 4 as our boot drive to get a sense of the real-world feel. We'll update you in the Vertex 4 128GB review later this week or early next week.
As it sits right now, in our simulation of real-world performance, the Vertex 4 is faster with the new release candidate firmware than it was when the drive launched a month ago. In the chart though, the Vertex 4 is still not up to the same levels of performance found with the SandForce SF-2281 drives.