6. 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
We thought we would pitch in everyhting but the kitchen sink for this one. Comparison tests included the following SSDs:
- Super Talent FT2 TeraDrive 100GB SSD (1500 Processor)
- Renice Mini-PCIe 64GB SSD (SF-1200 Processor w/ Suspected Updated Firmware)
- Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD
- Crucial SATA3 64GB RealSSD
- OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 120GB SSD
- Intel X25m 160GB SSD
- Super Talent 64GB USB3 Flash Drive
- Imation M-Class 128GB SSD
- Samsung Spinpoint 1.5TB Hard Drive
When we take a look at the top 3, its just pretty hard to tell which would fall into any of the top 3 spots. Quite frankly, it looks like we are entering all whole new world in SSD performance levels. The total score calculation provided by Vantage x64 gives the Renice 43831 points, the Super Talent FT2 41395 points and the Samsung 40664 points. The overall winner has to be the Super Talent though as it has been available for some time while the Renice has yet to be released and the Samsung is fresh out of their factory as well.
The Super Talent FT2 100GB SSD is simply an amazing drive! It sailed through everything we threw at it and then some by posting scores equal or better than the two best we have reviewed most recently, one a fresh release and the other not even out the door yet. It wasn’t so long ago that many would not consider even putting mlc drives into a server environment but with drives like this on the market, they will be commonplace within many enterprise settings soon enough.
At the end of the day, we have to also give Super Talent credit for doing what it takes to become one of the most visible technology manufacturers on the market, They have an absolutely amazing YouTube channel led by Peter Carcione, Super Talents Director of Marketing, that we believe is untouched by any similar manufacturer out there. Go Super Talent!!!