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Futuremark PCMark 7

PCMark 7 contains an individual disk subsystem benchmark. It is not a synthetic test, but is based on real-life applications. This benchmark reproduces typical disk usage scenarios and measures how fast they are completed in popular applications. Moreover, the disk access commands are not executed as a steady uninterrupted flow, but in a more realistic manner – with certain pauses caused by the need to process the data. The benchmark generates an overall disk subsystem performance rating as well as speed readings in MB/s in particular usage scenarios. Note that the absolute speed in these scenarios is not too high because of the above mentioned pauses between individual input/output operations. In other words, PCMark 7 shows you the speed of the disk subsystem from the application’s point of view. Numbers like that show us not only the pure performance of an SSD, but mostly how big of a performance gain a certain SSD can guarantee in real life.

We ran PCMark 7 on “steady” SSDs, which is what they are going to be in actual computer systems most of the time. Their performance is in this case affected not only by their controller or flash memory speed but also by the efficiency of their internal algorithms that fight performance degradation.

The PCMark 7 score is a good guide for users who want to see how SSDs perform in typical applications without delving into technical details. The score of the Octane isn’t high. It is lower than every other product’s, including the SandForce-based model with asynchronous NAND flash. All of this indicates that the Octane is not a good choice as an all-purpose SSD. Its average performance is lower than that of other modern products with SATA 6 Gbit/s.

It doesn’t mean the Indilinx Everest controller can’t deliver excellent results now and then. You can make sure of that by checking out the individual tests:

Video editing is an especially favorable scenario for the OCZ Octane as it calls for high performance with sequentially located data. Otherwise, the Octane is far from brilliant, its speed being comparable to that of the Corsair Force 3, an inexpensive SandForce-based SSD similar to such models as OCZ Agility 3 or Patriot Pyro.

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