Intel SSD 510 Series SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive

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PCMark Vantage HDD

We really like PCMark Vantage's HDD Performance module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark Vantage offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple Windows start-up performance to data streaming from a disk 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.

This series of Vantage tests will stress read performance in real-world usage models, with a broad mix of sequential and random read transactions of both small and large file sizes.

Futuremark's PCMark Vantage

According to this first batch of tests from PCMark Vantage's hard disk benchmark suite, the Intel 510 Series SSD offers performance somewhat better then previous generation drives in a few tests, but somewhat worse in others. The mixed results are a directly related to the 510 Series' improved sequential transfers, but somewhat diminished performance in regard to random reads. The OCZ Vertex 3 drives had a clear advantage here and RAID 0 had a minimal impact on performance.

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