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.
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.