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. These tests are based on real world applications that many of us use daily.
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
If you are planning on using the Kingston SSDNow V+ in your notebook or desktop in a Windows environment, then this is the set of benchmarks for you to pay close attention to.
I feel kind of bad for Kingston since I just reviewed the Crucial RealSSD C300 and its numbers have to appear right under the second generation V+ giving an optical illusion that the V+ is just average. If you look at the drives shown here, there are some really obscene performers here. The Intel drive is the X25-E, the enterprise drive, at one time the fastest drive money could buy (and you needed a lot of it). Also we have the RunCore Pro V, a SandForce 1500 controller that isn't even for sale yet and when you do finally see it, the casher will pull out a cleaver and ask if you want to cut the leg off or if you want him to do it.
So, looking past the current fastest drive in the world and the two enterprise drives, we are left with the Barefoot and Samsung controlled drives. In the conclusion we will break down the price, but for now let's focus on the performance.
Against the most common high performance solid state drives sold today, the second generation Kingston SSDNow V+ is able to outperform them by a fairly large margin and in some cases doubles the performance in a Windows environment.
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