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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 overall 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 disk subsystem 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 the 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 disk subsystem 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.

The multithreaded load looks different here. The speeds are far from the theoretical ones. The Intel is ahead together with the Kingston V+ series model.

This series of tests produces similar results: the Kingston V+ drive is on top, followed by the Intel and the MLC-memory SSDs when there is a lot of reading to be done. If there is more writing to be done, the SLC-memory models are right behind the leader.

The Intel SSD only goes ahead in the Applications Loading test, pushing the swift newcomer to second place.

The resulting scores are impressive. The Kingston V+ series is first and this is an outstanding result for an SSD whose controller lacks caching and is a derivative from the notoriously low-performing JMicron 602B. Once again we have to note that SLC memory does not ensure any significant performance benefits. Modern controllers lift MLC memory up to the same level. It is the speed of the memory chips and how successfully they combine in the specific amount with the given controller that becomes important. So, the controller still remains the decisive factor for the performance of each particular solid state drive.

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