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Performance in PCMark 2004

PCMark04 benchmarks drives in four different modes: 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; File Copying measures the HDD performance when copying a set of files; the Hard Disk Drive Usage parameter reflects the disk activity in a number of popular applications. These four parameters are used to calculate the overall performance rating.

We ran each test ten times and averaged the results.

It’s in this test that the SSDs can show their best in due to the low read access time. Apart from the i-RAM which is again far faster than the other drives, the 64GB SSD is the fastest of all. It is followed by the Fujitsu MBA3300RC and by the 32GB SSD. The 7200rpm HDDs are the slowest in this test.

The SSDs also cope well with loading applications, outperforming every HDD including the 15,000rpm model from Fujitsu.

The speed of writing is important at copying. That’s why the SSDs roll back to last places, being far slower even than the Hitachi 7K200. The Gigabyte i-RAM is still in the lead.

Read operations must be more frequent in general applications than write operations – that’s not surprising, though. As a result, we have the same overall picture as in the Windows XP boot-up test: the SSDs take second and fourth places, the Fujitsu MBA3300RC in between them.

The overall scores coincide with the first and last tests: the Gigabyte i-RAM is the winner, followed by the 64GB SSD. Next go the Fujitsu BMA3300RC, 32GB SSD and the 7200rpm HDDs.

 
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