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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 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.

We don’t have to discuss each test one by one because the overall performance ratings are illustrative enough. The 120GB models are barely ahead of the 60GB ones. The difference is really negligible. It is the advantage of the Vertex 2 over the others that provokes no doubt. Its performance in the individual tests and its overall performance rating is 50% higher than that of its opponents. SandForce can be proud of such an excellent controller that can score 41 thousand points in PCMark.

As for the 30GB models, the Vertex Turbo is true to its name and almost as fast as the larger-capacity products. The Onyx gives way to the Solid 2 and takes last place. We must note, however, that its overall score of 21.5 thousand points is higher than many SSDs from other brands can offer, the Solid 2 being an affordable model in which everything has been sacrificed for the sake of low price.

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