Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of highly compressible data (oFill/1Fill), or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.
Once again, we get a look at the drives available capacity after formatting (224GB) and these Crystal Disk Mark results are just a bit lower than expected, although strong in their own right.
Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data. AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the ‘worst case scenario’ in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.
You may not see this for long (and it’s 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 use in our benchmark testing.
Not too much stands out in our Anvil results in this case and it does a great job of confirming much of what we have seen thus far…and actually may be just a bit low. We did try to pull the IOPS up a bit closer to spec but wouldn’t really be concerning ourselves as we will be seeing enough of IOPS in steady state and mixed load testing soon enough.
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
OCZ VERTEX 460 SSD PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
With a PCMark Vantage Total Point Score of 72385, we are starting to see much similarity between this and the Vector 150 SSD we reviewed some time ago. This SSD fared very well with 6 of the 8 Vantage tests in the SATA 3 range and a high transfer speed of 422MB/s when testing in Windows Media Center:
A quick look at our PCMark Vantage Hierarchy Chart displays how the OCZ Vertex 460 places amongst its peers. These results depict only those above the 70000 plateau, all of which are classed as upper tier SSDs.