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Mushkin Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests

Mushkin breaks the mold with brilliant engineering and doubles the highest capacity ever offered on an mSATA form factor SSD.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: Mushkin

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

 

With the drives empty the Mushkin Atlas 480GB does really well in our real-world applications test.

 

The new 5.0.4 firmware even allowed the drive to keep pace with the MyDigitalSSD SMART (ADATA SX300) 256GB. The sweet spot for SF-2281 performance is the 240/256GB capacity size so it was a real challenge for Mushkin to deliver a really good performing 480GB mSATA drive. SandForce doesn't use a DRAM buffer so page data has to be read from the flash and the much smaller internal buffers. That's why the SF-2281 drives slow down in this capacity size.

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