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Intel Smart Response Technology Showdown w/ GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage HDD Tests Scaled

In our first of a two part series, Chris takes a confined look at Intel SRT on GIGABYTE's Z68XP-UD3-iSSD. Shane will be back tomorrow with a closer look at the Z68XP-UD3-iSSD in its entirety.

| Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 15, 2011 3:29 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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.

 

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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

 

In order for Smart Response Technology to work properly when reading data back to the system, the data must be cached first. In this chart we see the bare HDD without a cache drive. Just above the bare HDD is the first Enhanced Mode run. Here we see that without the data cached performance is decreased in some areas when compared to the bare drive. Things look very different on the second Enhanced Mode run where the data being read back is cached.

 

With the data cached performance increases considerably in both Enhanced and Maximum Modes. Maximum Mode is where we found the highest gains in performance from Smart Response Technology.

 

I expected to see a bit of a performance increase from the mSATA drive, but it appears that both Intel 311 Series drives perform very close to each other.

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