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
So far we are certain about two things. Vertex 4 has a really poor single command sequential read speed. At the same time it has a very high random read and write speed. What OCZ has done is take a super car and built it up for very low 0 to 60 MPH times. At the same time they've needed to bring down the sequential performance which is like changing the gears on a car so it takes off really fast, but has a lower top speed when compared to other supercars.
Just like in real-life where we have speed limits, computers have limiting factors as well. PC Mark Vantage is a bit of an outlaw and ignores some of the limits known to exist in day to day computing. PCMark tried to correct that in Version 7, but they went way too far.
In the chart above you are seeing a benchmark that is rather worthless for the next generation of ultra IOPS SSDs. Let me point out that the Vertex 3 480GB that we have on hand produces very low 4K write numbers compared to just about any SSD built in the last two years. Despite that problem is scored an overall of over 76,000 Marks in the TRIM test and just a hair over 80,000 after a secure erase cycle. This was the highest recorded SF-2281 + 25nm IMFT we're recorded today and the first over 80K with this combination of hardware.
Looking at the Vertex 4 Vantage numbers we see that pesky 200MB/s single queue depth number cause problems. Vantage is putting much more emphasis on sequential low queue depth reads than it is on random writes in almost all of the tests.
We're going to talk a lot more about this on the final page of this review.