OWC MERCURY PRO – PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
In PCMark Vantage the data simply cannot be manipulated, and a result is provided based on the transfer speeds observed in eight simulated user activities. This is a trace based test, several recorded traces of user activity are used to simulate actual usage. This benchmark uses both mixed read/write tests and is a good test for overall performance.
There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:
- Windows Defender In Use
- Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
- Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
- Starting the Vista Operating System
- Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
- Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
- Cataloging a music library
- Starting applications
The LSI 9265-8i scores an impressive 134418 points, and the Adaptec comes in with 44509. This type of trace-based benchmark really illustrates the difference in performance of the two solutions, especially when they come under realistic loading scenarios. Unfortunately many synthetic tests merely show the absolutely best case scenario and in real life, the user may experience something else entirely.
The 9265 definitely stretches its legs with the large sequential access of tasks such as importing pictures, but it also shows its agility with the random access types of data such as application loading.