You may not see this for long (and it’s definitely not common) but you get a freebie 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.
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 RC8 FLASH DRIVE VANTAGE RESULTS
The Super Talent RC8 tops out with the highest PCMark Vantage result we have received yet from any similar flash drive with 34174 points and a high transfer speed of 195MB/s when testing in Media Player. This is a healthy jump on the Kingston Data Traveler Workspace that we tested a few days back, also another of the few accredited Windows To Go drives.
This chart effectively shows where the USB3 drives of today place against SATA 2 SSDs as well as the hard drive: