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.
ASU transfer speeds are a bit lower than expected but IOPS remained very impressive. The overall score of 3815 isn’t bad considering our test data is comprised of 100% incompressible files.
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
PLEXTOR M5M 256GB MSATA SSD PCMARK VANTAGE RESULTS
The Plextor M5M sailed through Vantage HDD Suite testing with a high score of 73181 points and a high transfer speed of 437MB/s while ‘Importing Pictures to Windows Gallery’. This score is the highest we have had from a mSATA SSD to date and six of the eight tests resulted in high SATA 3 transfer speeds above 300MB/s.
The Plextor M5M 256GB mSATA SSD is the top SSD result to date when testing in PCMark Vantage and, in fact, is the fifth highest SATA 3 SSD that we have tested overall. Although these results reflect ONLY Vantage Total Point scoring, we find that these results mimic most others typically: