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 had 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. This has become relatively similar in SATA 3 with most current generation 6Gbps SSDs breaking the 500MB/s plateau and falling just short of the theoretical 6Gbps maximum.
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.
MUSHKIN ATLAS 240GB MSATA PCMARK VANTAGE RESULT
As we believed, that 4k random write result of 110MB/s we saw in Crystal DiskMark paid off for the Atlas because it pulled through with the highest PCMark Vantage result we have seen yet in a mSATA SSD at 71830 points. Better yet, it’s high transfer speed was an amazing 424MB/s while testing in Media Center. Considering how similar both the Atlas and MyDigitalSSD SMART mSATA SSDs are in testing, chances are very good that the ‘mystery memory’ used on the SMART was the Toshiba Toggle Mode, making these two SSDs twins with respect to the FSP and memory installed.
The following chart is our mSATA SSD Hierarchy of all mSATA SSDs tested to date. It is based solely on the PCMark Vantag Total Point Score attained with each drive.