You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.
ASU brings are performance benchmarks down to the area of listed specifications, although IOPS are three times higher than advertised for write performance.
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
CRUCIAL V4 PCMARK VANTAGE TOTAL POINT SCORE
PCMark Vantage HDD Suite returned a Total Point Score of 33640 for the Crucial V4 which is not, by any means, the best we have seen to date but this is a SATA 2 SSD. The highest transfer speed reached was 201MB/s while importing pictures and the remainder of the test results are as follows:
To give you an example of where Vantage standing is with the V4, I seem to remember the Intel X25 SATA 2 SSD bringing in similar Vantage scores a few years back.