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.
Anvil provides system and SSD identification in its lower panel as well as confirming much of what we are seeing thus far. The tale of the tape should become apparent in our PCMark Vantage testing of the 2013 MBA while using Windows 7.
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
2013 MBA PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
The Samsung NGFF PCIe SSD found in the 2013 MBA attained a Total Score of 15265 points. This is the lowest score we have ever received from any SSD, including SATA 2 when we started testing several years ago. This result is indicative of what we saw in consistently low 4K random write performance and results from each test are as follows:
Looking at this chart, one might believe that this would be noticeable in typical every day use as the eight benchmarks are based on just those scenarios. This isn’t the case, however. I have been using this 2013 MacBook Air on a steady basis since the first day it was received and, as much as there is no apparent visible difference (other than the battery) than the previous gen MBA, this system is just as speedy (regardless of OS) as any other ultra I have used. In fact, having just purchased a new Canon 6D DSLR camera with all the extras, the MBA contains all of the editing software which is being used regularly as the camera and OSX Mountain Lion are tethered and the picture is sent, via WI-fi, to the MBA for editing as soon as it is taken.