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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 in our previous reviews), 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 PCMark 2004 results can be learned from the table below. 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 is the average of ten runs of each test. Click the following link to view the complete results table for PCMark 2004.

We’ve got new leaders in the copying test from PCMark 2004 which are different from those of FC-Test: the Intel is now accompanied by the Kingston V+ series drive and the Super Talent MasterDrive SX which behaved so oddly in FC-Test.

The Intel and the Kingston V+ series model are better than the others at loading Windows XP and its applications. We won’t repeat again that the losers are the pair of SSDs based on the JMicron controller. They are always very, very slow.

The General Usage test produces a new pair of leaders: the Wintec and the OCZ Agility. Does it mean that this test shows the advantage of SLC memory? No. The Super Talent UltraDrive GX performs without any luster. 

Every SSD copes with this version of multithreaded read load easily. Their speeds are close to their theoretical maximums.

The Toshiba-based Kingston V+ series drive suddenly leaves all its opponents far behind in this test. Its result is impressive indeed. Interestingly, second place goes to the Super Talent MasterDrive SX based on the Samsung chip which beats all of the Indilinx-based models.

The Kingston V+ series SSD also has the highest overall score. This is an expected result as this HDD was far from brilliant in the previous tests.

Once again we want to note that today’s multichannel SSDs leave HDDs far behind in sheer performance. An HDD can only score about 10,000 points in this test at best. Of course, it doesn’t mean that your computer is going to be up to 3 times faster, but you can expect all operations involving large amounts of data to be read from or written to the disk subsystem to take less time if you replace your HDD with an SSD.

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