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Performance in PCMark Vantage

To make this part of our test session complete, we are going to run the latest version of PCMark called Vantage. Compared with the previous versions, the benchmark has become 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 HDD 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 hard disk 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.

This multithreaded load test agrees with IOMeter: Intel’s SSDs are better than their opponents when reading multiple data threads.

Intel’s SSDs are also better than their opponents under gaming load.

Curiously, the simplified OCZ Agility is about as fast as its full-featured Indilinx-based counterparts. It looks like its “simplification” won’t be conspicuous in real applications.

Intel’s SSDs cope with the photo gallery better than the others, too. Interestingly, the Vertex Turbo differs from the others either due to its increased frequencies or to the older firmware being surprisingly good under this particular load.

Quite unexpectedly, the first-generation X25-M takes first place when booting Windows Vista up. Its newer mate is only third, behind the Vertex Mac Edition. The Vertex Turbo performs poorly here, falling behind the simplified OCZ Agility even.

There are three leaders in this Movie Maker test: the Vertex, Vertex Mac Edition and Agility. They owe this success to their firmware because the Vertex Turbo performs poorly although is based on the same controller. It is the OCZ Summit, based on the Samsung controller, that has the lowest result in this test, though.

This test is traditionally sensitive to caching. Here, the Indilinx-based SSDs with new firmware, namely the Agility, Vertex Mac Edition and Vertex, take three top places with similar results. Like in the previous test, the OCZ Summit is the slowest drive of all.

Intel’s products are superior here. The OCZ Summit and the Vertex Turbo are losers.

We have the same winners when loading applications and Intel’s SSDs are far faster than their opponents here. The Vertex Turbo suffers from its older firmware again.

This version of the benchmark gives two top places to Intel’s products, the second-generation model having a somewhat higher score. Interestingly, the simplified Agility is but slightly slower than the Vertex and Vertex Mac Edition whereas the Vertex Turbo shares last place with the Summit.

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