PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE
The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. 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
In testing with PCMark Vantage HDD Suite, we were very interested in any difference we would see between the hard drive alone, and subsequently the cached hard drive. As this is the most ‘true to life’ benchmarking software available today, the result here would be a clear indication of visible upgrade through typical activities. Lets take a look at the hard drive first:
In caching the hard drive with the Corsair Accelerator 60GB SSD, we realized a Total Score jump from 3380 points to 30174 points and a transfer speed high of 79MB/s to 208MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center. Even taking into consideration that the cached HDD result is a bit low for today’s new generation SSDs, most users could never tell the difference between this cached hard drive and an SSD.
Remember at the beginning of this report when we asked you to turn your computer off and monitor how long it takes for it to start again. For our testing, we use a program called BootRacer and you can download it for free by clicking the title above. We might suggest that if you were to monitor the before and after results when installing your Corsair Accelerator SSD, you might see similar results to ours:
The time you want to pay attention to is the ‘Total Time To Desktop’ on the far right which is the time measured from the push of the button until your system desktop is ready to use. Prior to our installation of the Corsair Accelerator, both start times were in the area of two minutes. Even from our first boot with the caching solution, our start time was reduced to twenty seconds. That is a savings of a minute and forty seconds each time you turn on the computer.
If you looked at this over a long period of time and typically turned your computer on five times a day, you would gain just short of two days of your life back annually!