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 OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G hits the PCMark Vantage HDD tests out of the ball park and delivered real world results that were amazing. It's hard not to just go on and on about how fast this drive is and very hard not to start analysing the performance compared to the Vertex 3. We will talk more about the firmware issues found on the Vertex 3 on the next page, though, and clarify our results with data on the drive.
Looking at the drives appropriate for comparison, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G is faster than the Crucial m4 and Corsair Performance 3 in all tests ran at this stage with the drives empty and fairly clean. Let's see how the drive holds up with data present on the drive, though.