Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
Like PCMark 7, Intel NASPT reproduces predefined disk activity traces and measures how fast they are executed. However, the default traces are designed for network attached storage devices rather than for SSDs. Therefore we employ the specially developed SSD Benchmarking Suite which offers more relevant usage scenarios such as compressing and uncompressing files, compiling large projects, copying files and folders, loading 3D game levels, installing software, batch-processing photos, searching a digital library for data, mass-launching applications, and transcoding video.
Like PCMark 7, this benchmark gives us a true-to-life illustration of a disk subsystem’s performance. Like in the previous case, the SSDs are benchmarked in their “used” state.
INASPT estimates the Octane’s performance higher than PCMark 7. Although the Octane cannot match the SandForce-based products with synchronous ONFI or Toggle NAND memory, it can at least compete with the slower representatives of the SandForce platform. In fact, the Octane can be viewed as an alternative to the Crucial m4 which is quite a popular product. We have no doubt it can get popular, too, as it does have a few winning features.
For example, INASPT reveals several usage scenarios where the Everest-based SSD is preferable to its opponents.
The Octane is good at transcoding video and at installing and compiling software. If that’s what you spend a lot of time doing on your computer, you may want to consider using an Octane as your disk subsystem.