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Performance in PCMark 2004/2005

PCMark 2005 has the same tests as the 2004 version (not only in names, but also in results as we have seen a lot of times), so we only discuss one test from PCMark 2004 which is not available in the 2005 version. It is called File Copying and measures the speed of copying some set of files. The other results can be learned from the table. The PCMark 2005 tests are:

  • Windows XP Startup is the typical disk subsystem load at system startup;
  • Application Loading is the disk activity at sequential starting-up and closing of six popular applications;
  • General Usage reflects the disk activity in a number of popular applications;
  • File Write is about the speed of writing files; and
  • Virus Scan benchmarks the disk’s performance at scanning the system for viruses.

The final result of the average of ten runs of each test.

PCMark 2004 results table

PCMark04 says that the OCZ Summit is faster at copying files than Intel’s SSDs. Otherwise, the standings are the same: the Indilinx-based models go close to each other, the Vertex Turbo being somewhat slower than the others.

The X25-M is better than the others at booting Windows XP up. Interestingly, its predecessor is the worst under this load. The Summit stands out among OCZ’s products.

The OCZ Summit is the best in the Application Loading test, outperforming the second-generation X25-M and OCZ Vertex that are contending for second place. The Vertex Turbo shows the worst result: the increased controller frequency cannot make up for imperfect firmware.

The Summit keeps its first place in the General Usage test whereas the Vertex Turbo is still the slowest of all. The new X25-M is much better than its predecessor, but still cannot beat the Indilinx-based models with newer firmware.

Five out of the seven SSDs pass the Virus Scan test excellently. The OCZ Summit and the older X25-M are slower than the others here.

The File Write trace seems to be based on large files: the Indilinx-based models are in the lead, delivering high speeds, whereas the two SSDs from Intel are on the losing side. The second-generation model from Intel is somewhat faster again.

The OCZ Summit has the highest overall score. The Indilinx-based drives, except for the Vertex Turbo, are all better than the second-generation X25-M in terms of overall performance rating. The older X25-M has the lowest score.

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