PCMark Vantage (cont.)
Our next series of Vantage tests will stress the write performance. Applications like video editing, streaming and recording are not what we would call a strong suit for the average SSD, due to their high mix of random write transactions. We should also note that it's not so much a weakness of the memory itself, but rather the interface and control algorithms that deal with inherent erase block latency of MLC NAND flash. SSD manufacturers are getting better at this, as is evidenced by our results below...
In the remaining four PCMark Vantage tests, the Micron C300 continued to perform extremely well. In these tests, the C300 pulls ahead of the Intel drive in two of the four modules when connected via SATA II. When connected to SATA III though, the C300 wins three of four, and its leads in those tests are quite large. It is only in the application loading test that the C300 falters a bit.