4. HDTune Pro ver. 4.5 – BenchMark
In examining the HDTune Pro results, we were very happy to see consistent speeds along with a nice smooth line in the graph showing that the SSD is comfortable with the system. The only difference we are seeing from these tests and those of the top SSDs is that there is a slightly elevated access time accompanied by lower performance speeds in the lower random operations. Its really an unfair comparison even looking at the top SSDs which have a significantly higher cost but to show how capable this drive is. The comparison most will want to be shown is that of the hard drive vs the Kingston SSDNow SSD because this is the audience that will be looking hardest at this drive for hdd/ssd migration.
5. PCMark Vantage 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
As the Kingston SSDNow V100 series of solid state drives are meant to reach the consumer looking to upgrade from a hard drive first and foremost, we thought it only fair to ensure that our Samsung Spinpoint 1.5TB hard drive was part of the Vantage HDD suite although we have another comparable. The Imation M-Class 128GB SSD was reviewed here just a short time ago and it, as well, tried to reach the new SSD enthusiast just moving up from a hard drive. In fact, that review encompassed their forethought of having an external adapter for the migration to SSD just as the Kingston does. Lets take a look at the results.
A close look at the scoring here clearly shows exactly what you will see in moving from a hard drive to a solid state drive which is a huge boost in performance. The Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD has clearly proven itself well above that of its competition.