Intel SSD 710 Series Solid State Drive 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 the synthetic transfer speed tests show the Intel SSD 710 series drive in a negative light versus other modern SSDs, the trace-based PCMark Vantage tests tell a different story. Yes, the Intel SSD 710 series drives, whether running in singly or in RAID 0, trailed the pack, but the delta in PCMark 7's overall storage score is nowhere near as large as the deltas in the transfer tests.

An SSD's overall performance is determined by latecies, consistency, and transfer speeds. And in two of those three categories, the Intel SSD 710 series drive is competitive.

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