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OCZ Vertex 4 SSD - Progress in the Firmware (testing with v1.4RC) - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests

OCZ increased the Vertex 4 performance with a number of small improvements that add up to sizable increases.

By: | SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 7, 2012 12:55 pm
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests


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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


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.

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