Intel 34nm X25-M Gen 2 SSD Performance Review

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Next we ran the OCZ Apex SSD through a battery of tests in PCMark Vantage from Futuremark Corp. We specifically used only the HDD Test module of this benchmark suite to evaluate all of the drives we tested. Feel free to consult Futuremark's white paper on PCMark Vantage for an understanding of what each test component entails and how it calculates its measurements. For specific information on how the HDD Test module arrives at its performance measurements, we'd encourage you to read pages 35 and 36 of the white paper.

Futuremark's PCMark Vantage

We really like PCMark Vantage's HDD Performance for its real-world application measurement approach to testing.  From simple Windows Vista start-up performance to data streaming from a disk drive in a game engine and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel confident that these tests best illustrate the real performance profile of our SSDs in an end user/consumer PC usage model.

The Gen 2 Intel X25-M with its 34nm flash memory tracked higher than the original drive in all of the PCMark Vantage tests represented here. The gaming test showed the largest improvement over the original, with a 5.7MB/s delta separating the old and new drives, in favor of the newest model. The new X25-M also pulled well ahead of the OCZ Vertex Series drive, but trained the Corsair P256.

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