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 is run ten times and the results of the ten runs are averaged.
Here is a brief description of each subtest:
- Windows Defender is when the disk subsystem is under 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 subsystem when the user is running Windows Media Center.
- Media Player emulates the loading of files into Windows Media Player.
- Application Loading shows the drive’s speed when loading popular applications.
Basing on these subtests, the drive’s overall performance rating is calculated.
The Intel SSDs are splendid again. Although the X25-V occasionally suffers from its low sequential write speed, its low response time and good read speed make up for that easily. If two such SSDs are combined into a RAID, they become simply brilliant and even beat the X25-E.
The WD drives come to the finish with nearly identical results, once again proving that the performance of this series does not depend on the storage capacity. Their speed is quite high overall. As opposed to the slower Kingston, they are roughly comparable to SSDs based on the Indilinx controller in this test.