PCMark Vantage (Continued)
Our next series of Vantage tests will stress the current weakness of most SSDs, that being 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 NAND flash. SSD manufacturers are getting better at this, but still today, there are issues to contend with.
Here, the Agility EX redeemed itself by producing excellent results in this round of PCMark Vantage testing. It performed considerably well in the Media Center benchmark with a result of 199.03 MB/s, the fastest in this group. In the remainder of the tests, the Agility EX held a commanding lead over both Intel drives and the OCZ Vertex, but trailed Corsair's P256 SSD by a narrow margin.