REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
We decided to hold back on displaying the PCMark Vantage Performance Hierarchy as we thought it might be better served in our summary, both as a visual of how strong this SSD is and also to show how few high-capacity mSATA SSDs have been available for review.
The truth is that high-capacity have been, and still are in high demand. It still amazes me that we can pull this much performance and capacity from an SSD this small. I could also be wrong but I think the Samsung PM841 is the only to do it in a single PCB design which brings us back to the VisionTek mSATA 480GB SSD; it is incredibly thin and, so thin in fact, that we overlooked that it was a dual PCB design. Great engineering VisionTek.
Performance is the next thing to tackle as the performance we saw in synthetic benchmarks didn’t match that of the two benchmarks meant to simulate true to form scenarios, these being AS SSD Copy benchmark and PCMark Vantage. We could speak to the same party line we have followed for so long with SSDs using the LSI SandForce controller which is that this controller is proven to be one of the best for typical consumer use. Although this is evident in PCMark Vantage results, it isn’t so obvious in AS SSD Copy BenchMark where transfer speeds were equally strong regardless of the data type being transferred… and that’s a good thing.
Getting back to the beginning, availability of VisionTek products is amazing and they can be found just about everywhere, including Dell as we have learned. As far as pricing goes, the VisionTek comes in below the Mushkin Atlas and Edge Tech Boost Pro at $527, yet above the Crucial M500 which can be found for as low as $411. In case you are wondering about the Samsung PM841, it is not a retail item and we haven’t included it because of its seldom seen availability and lack of warranty. That being said, demand is still high even without warranty.