PCMARK VANTAGE DATAPLEX CACHING RESULTS
This test was perhaps the most crucial to us because the Vantage HDD Suite of tests is based on eight typical user activities and the resulting transfer speeds are not the result of unrealistic synthetic benchmarks alone. These tests are:
- 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
Once again, the chart will show the results of the SSD alone and then the hard drive utilizing Dataplex and that particular SSD as a cache.
Vantage is perhaps the only program that can depict how Dataplex learns and hot caches the users ‘style’. All other synthetic benchmarks conduct several tests and come out with a final result which doesn’t depict the same as we see here with Vantage. With Vantage, we can see the improvement as we repeat the same activity which, in this case, is the Vantage HDD Suite of tests.
COMPUTER START UP
Our final battery of tests were to put each mSATA drive through start-up times with and without caching. Each and every mSATA resulted in a first run of about 19-20 seconds with their end start time being 16 seconds cached. As unusual as this seems, it’s really not because your start times are based, for the most part, on disk access and all SSDs have access times of about .01-.02ms in comparison to the hard drive which is about 90 times slower at 9ms.
This is also why we see most hard drive contained laptops taking about a minute to start although we have to give this system credit in starting at 38 seconds. Just to serve your curiosity, lets throw in the Toshiba BootRacer result:
If you are wondering why we elected to display the Toshiba in this case, it was to demonstrate a valuable point. By now, we have all seen that the Toshiba SSD pales in comparison to all other SSDs with respect to performance. In fact, it is just not that much better than the hard drive alone is it?
It is actually. Even the Toshiba is that much better than than the hard drive and the reasoning for this is explained as such. Most typical user activity relies solely on activities that are best served with the incredible access speed of the SSD. It is because of this that we will see a significant jump between the hard drive and the SSD. What most don’t realize, however, is that even an expert could not tell the difference between the best and worst mSATA drive on the market while engaged in normal every day computer use. We can once again thank disk access speed for that.