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.
Anvil Storage utilities confirms exactly as we have been seeing all along; transfer performance above specifications, IOPS throughput above specifications and, yet again, a great Total Score of 4220 points. For those new to ASU, it also provides our system and SSD specs on the lower left and right.
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
SEAGATE 600 SSD PCMARK VANTAGE SCORING
The Seagate 600 480GB SSD completed PCMark Vantage HDD Suite Testing with a Total Score of 55982 and a high transfer speed of 408MB/s when transferring pictures to Windows Photo Gallery. The Total Score is disappointing when comparing this SSD to similar SATA 3 SSDs to date (some exceeding 73000 points) but the Vantage result did result in five of the eight tests reaching SATA 3 speeds. The Seagate 600 seemed to have a low score in Tests 7 and 8 which affected the Total Score.
Just to be sure of our final result, we tested our sample SSD on three separate systems (two Win 7 and one Win8) to which all results were very similar.