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 270MB/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.
Although we have yet to reach SATA 3 bandwidth max, there will be a number of manufacturers introducing SATA 3 drives in the next few months. 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.
Our testing with the RevoDrive 3 x2 is particularly interesting because it is a PCIe device and, as such, there is no bandwidth limit or bottleneck.
OCZ REVODRIVE 3X2 PCIE SSD PCMARK VANTAGE TEST RESULTS
The OCZ Revo 3X2 resulted in a PCMark Vantage score of 97798 points which is the highest score we have ever received and. Quite frankly, with 4 x SF-2281 processors, VCA 2.0, OCZs Superscale storage accelerator and the SCSI interface which has no bottleneck concerns as SATA’s 2 and 3 do, what more could we expect. The amuzing thing is the only product that even comes close to a comparison is OCZ’s own Revo x2…
These are absolutely amazing transfer speeds, unlike anything we have seen before. Lets have a little fun with our ‘Total Point’ comparison chart and include PCIe, RAID testing and SATA 3 results just for good measure.
Its great to see the improvement we have made in storage performance in just over a year and a half. A quick look at this chart will leave many wanting, not only because of the comparison result but also, because there has never been a single jump in performance as this at anytime in the past. The RevoDrive 3×2 is no less than a rocket!
PG 1 – INTRODUCTION
PG5 – HDTUNE PRO TESTING
PG7 – CONCLUSIONS