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Crucial m4 256GB SATA 6G SSD Preview and Next Gen 2x0+ GB Shootout

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 28, 2011 10:37 am
Manufacturer: Crucial

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests


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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


In the past we've put a lot of emphasis on this test, but our new darling for real world performance has yet to come (just hang tight). In a mildly clean state at this capacity size the Crucial m4 and Vertex 3 go back and forth just like we saw in 2010 with the Vertex 2 and RealSSD C300!


This is very exciting to us because it means that neither Crucial nor Team SandForce can claim an across the board dominant product. Just like in 2010, the type of computing you do will determine which drive you should purchase. The ramifications we saw in 2010 with the Team SandForce and Crucial drives were higher availability and rapid declines in pricing, making SSDs more attractive (and financially available) to end users.


At this time we are not prepared to start claiming which drive you should purchase for which tasks and at what capacities since this is only a preview, we've only seen large 256GB (240GB in the case of the SF-2200) and since we are testing firmware, that may or may not be ready for the big time. These recommendations will come when we get more time to test and have retail products with retail firmware.


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