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Futuremark PCMark 8

Futuremark PCMark 8 contains a special 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 performed. Compared to PCMark 7, it features more scenarios based on Adobe and Microsoft applications as well as games. The result is calculated as the average speed across all of the subtests.

We run PCMark 8 on steady-state SSDs, just as they are going to be used in actual computers. Their performance in this case is affected not only by their controller or flash memory speed but also by the efficiency of their internal algorithms that fight performance degradation.

Just as we expected, the Vector 150 is inferior to the original Vector in performance. It falls out of the leading group, sinking into the middle of the rankings. The Vertex 460, on the contrary, works faster than the Vertex 450 and nearly catches up with its senior cousin. Thus, the affordable Vertex 460 seems to be a most attractive midrange product which beats many popular midrange SSDs in terms of speed.

The overall PCMark 8 results are the average of the individual subtests, so let’s check the latter out, too.

Sadly, the Vector 150 is indeed slower than its predecessor in every application, so there is no point in upgrading if you’ve got an original Vector. The Vertex 460, on the contrary, is always ahead of the Vertex 450. Take note that the new drives from OCZ are superior in Photoshop, beating all products from other brands. However, it is the 2012 version of the Vector that wins the Photoshop subtest, not the new Vector with Toshiba memory!

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