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
The most significant tests we run for most users, those looking for a solid state boot drive, is the PCMark Vantage tests. In past articles we criticized Intel for their G2 80GB drive for poor performance in these tests. The write speed on the 80GB drive definitely impacted performance and gave the Team SandForce and Crucial drives an advantage.
The 120GB Intel X25-M looks to be another story. Where the 80GB drive was weak the new 120GB model picked up and where the 80GB model was strong the 120GB model really kicked it into high gear.
Looking at the two 120GB drives from Intel and SandForce we now see that SandForce no longer has an across the board performance advantage. The new X25-M 120GB not only caught up to the SF 120GB drive, but even manages to perform better in some tests. At this point the two 120GB drives are pretty much on equal ground as far as these typical tasks are concerned.
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