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Performance in PCMark Vantage

Compared with the previous versions, the Vantage version of PCMark is more up-to-date and advanced in its selection of subtests as well as Windows Vista orientation. Each subtest runs ten times and the results of the ten runs are averaged.

Here is a brief description of each subtest:

  • Windows Defender produces multithreaded load, one thread scanning files for malicious software.
  • Gaming emulates the typical load on the disk subsystem when the user is playing a video game.
  • Photo Gallery emulates loading of images from a photo gallery.
  • Vista Start Up emulates the disk subsystem load when booting up Windows Vista.
  • Movie Maker emulates video editing load.
  • Media Center. This is the load on the disk when the user is running Windows Media Center.
  • Media Player emulates the loading of files into Windows Media Player.
  • Application Loading shows the disk subsystem’s speed when loading popular applications.

Basing on these subtests, the drive’s overall performance rating is calculated.

The RevoDrive is ahead of its closest pursuer by a third in this test! The faster interface, even though via a PCIe—PCI-X bridge, ensures an advantage to its pair of SandForce controllers. The second place goes to another such pair but joined via the chipset-integrated RAID-controller. Take note that the latter solution enjoys a terrific advantage in the Media Center test which is sensitive to caching. This caching is performed by the driver.

As for the other SSDs, the Vertex 2 performs worse with the newer firmware. The Crucial isn’t good compared to its opponents. The OCZ Colossus takes last place, being unable to compete with the new-generation products.

 
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