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
SUPER TALENT TERADRIVE NOVA 240GB SSD VANTAGE RESULTS
The TeraDrive Nova 240GB SATA 3 SSD achieved a great score of 66617 points with a high transfer speed of 405MB/s while testing in Media Center. These are excellent marks and put the Tera right beside the OWC 6G and Crucial M4, both SSDs of which utilize the premium synchronous NAND flash memory and will definitely be at a higher price point.
This chart portrays all of the ‘new gen’ SATA 3 SSDs that we have tested to date. The Super Talent Tera placed very well here as a result of its PCMark Vantage HDD Suite Testing which we performed three times, all results being very similar.
In taking a close look at the evaluation results of the Super Talent TeraDrive Nova 240GB SSD as a whole, this SSD almost appears to be a bit of an odd duck. On one end of the coin, we have some very strong qualities to include very fast disk access speeds, amazing 4k IOPS results as well as great high sequential read transfer speeds, yet all of the tests resulted in high sequential write performance that was below the norm when testing with highly compressible data samples.
I mention compressible because the test results when testing with incompressible data did not deviate from what we would expect. Considering that PCMark Vantage HDD Total Suite Testing favors highly compressible data, we weren’t sure where the Tera was going to stand in the overall scheme of things.
What we never expected was for the Super Talent Tera to pull off the highest marks we had seen yet from a solid state drive using asynchronous NAND flash memory. With respect to this testing method alone, it places the Tera just below the OWC 6G SSD and just above the Crucial M4, both of which utilize premium memory and many might suggest are enthusiast class solid state drives.
The final pricing model will be very interesting with respect to the Tera, but considering the NAND flash memory used, it is destined to be a great product at a great price.