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
If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.
We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.
SAMSUNG PM830 SATA 3 256GB SSD VANTAGE RESULTS
The PM830 finished the Vantage HDD Suite with a ‘Total Point Score’ of 60598 and a high transfer speed of 352MB/s when testing in Windows Media Center. This is an excellent score because the PM830 is only the second mSATA of several that we have tested to reach the 60,000 point plateau.
The two arrows display the only two mSATA SSDs to reach the 60,000 plateau, these being the PM830 and the Runcore T50 120GB ‘SandForce Driven’ mSATA SSD. The big difference between the two, of course, is the fact that only the Samsung PM830 is available in 256GB capacity while the Runcore is restricted to 120GB max.