Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Review

PCMark 7 Storage Benchmarks

We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.

Futuremark's PCMark 7 Secondary Storage


Although they're not necessarily designed for standard desktop workloads, the new Intel DC S3700 drives excelled in the trace-based PCMark 7 secondary storage benchmark. The 800GB drive put up the best scores we've seen from a single SSD in this benchmark and the 200GB model followed closely behind. In fact, the 200GB drive put up the exact same score as the SandForce-based Intel SSD 520, which was previously the fastest consumer-class drive we had tested.

Tags:  Intel, SSD, Storage, SATA, S3700

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