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Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB Solid State Drive

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 3, 2010 1:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Western Digital

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. 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


Western Digital's press kit for the SiliconEdge Blue stated that they were achieving Vantage HDD Test Overall Scores of 25,000. Our tests scored very close to theirs and came in at 25,333. To be honest, this is the test that kept me from calling the launch day review off with the thought in mind of receiving a bad sample.


When comparing the SiliconEdge Blue to the OCZ Technology Agility, we see that the numbers are very close to each other. If I hadn't later taken the drive apart to obtain pictures of the inner workings and only saw this test, I would feel confident in thinking that we are testing an Indilinx Barefoot controlled drive.


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