Editor Note: After this article was published we learned that TRIM was not working on our test system at the time the Extreme 240GB was tested. A follow up article has been published with accurate benchmarks. Please read it here.
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/
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
As always this is where things start to get very, very interesting. SanDisk sent over a data sheet with their marketing propaganda and some performance information their hit in their labs. Usually we glance over these sheets and toss them in a file folder, which sits on the floor, with the day's lunch wrappings in it.
This time though one number caught my eye and perplexed me. The claimed Vantage score per SanDisk was 62K. There are a few ways to test with this benchmark, with your OS on the drive and with your test drive in a secondary position. At first I just figured SanDisk tested the Extreme as a primary drive with the OS on it and that is how they concluded a 62K combined score.
If you follow our SSD reviews you know the latest and greatest SandForce based SSDs have been flirting with 80,000 Marks. A few are able to hit 78,000 and the new Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD leads the Team SandForce pack with just over 79,000 Marks. The SanDisk numbers were very close to what we hit. In our testing with the drive empty we only scored 64K Marks, a disappointing score.