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Crucial m4 512GB Solid State Drive w/ the 0009 Update Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 6:58 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Crucial

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0

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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 0009 update specifically calls out an improvement in PCMark's Vantage tests. Obviously there are going to be improvements in the sequential tests and we've discovered that the new firmware increases NCQ performance as well. The two together give the Crucial m4 a really big boost in Vantage points. If it was 2010 then we'd be jumping up and down with joy, doing backflips and singing songs about the m4's journey to the top of the hill.

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