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
Last but not least, lets take a look at the PCMark Vantage results for the HDD alone and with Crucial Adrenaline Caching in place. I did not look forward to this portion of the evaluation as Vantage benchmarking a hard drive takes a very long time as does the first two runs after the caching solution was applied. It was worth it though and a significant performance increase can be seen in Vantage as well.
The highest speed attained was 30MB/s which is very slow. The overall score of 2479 points is a bit low, but understandable, for a hard drive that has been in constant use. And as for the cached result….
We expected a drastic change in typical performance before and after Adrenaline caching was applied but another interesting thing transpired as well. When comparing the individual tests of Vantage (HDD1-HDD8), the Adrenaline seems to have changed the dynamics of the individual tests when we compare the cached results individually to those originally tested. We ran the test three tmes to confirm these results, all of which resulted in similar performance results.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The most visible performance upgrade we can see in any computer today is that seen when upgrading from a hard drive to an SSD but there have been serious speed bumps in the transition, at least until now. SSDs can be very costly in comparison to a hard drive, they cannot match the capacity of a hard drive and, for the most part, movement to an SSD has been a relatively difficult process as we could not avoid a fresh OS installation or migration through other software to get the job done.
The landscape changes significantly with the Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Caching SSD. At $99, the cost for a system facelift is far from prohibitive, installation is quick and easy, there is no need to change your computer landscape whatsoever and NVELO Dataplex will work with any capacity SSD. It is like supercharging your car.
Consider the time it takes you to start your computer right now and we don’t even need to add in shut down times which also decrease significantly with the Crucial Adrenaline. If we agree that a minute and a half start time is typical, we would see a savings of one minute and seventeen seconds in the start time of your system after Crucial Adrenaline has been installed.
What, at first, seems like only just over six and a half minutes a day (if the average person starts their system five times a day) then becomes just under two days of your life each year and we haven’t even started to examine the performance increase while using your system or shut down times. Is spending $99 a few minutes for installation worth getting back a day plus of your life each year?
Personally, I was never a ‘caching solution’ supporter and thought that the initial attempts displayed no visible improvement for the typical user for the cost gain, however, NVELO has changed all of that with Dataplex and their teaming with Crucial for the Crucial Adrenaline. The only question that seems to remain is ‘Why not?’