PCMark Vantage Tests
Next we ran the three drives through a battery of tests in PCMark Vantage from Futuremark Corp. We specifically used only the HDD Test module of this benchmark suite to evaluate all of the drives we tested. Feel free to consult Futuremark's white paper on PCMark Vantage for an understanding of what each test component entails and how it calculates its measurements. For specific information on how the HDD Test module arrives at its performance measurements, we'd encourage you to read pages 35 and 36 of the white paper.
We really like PCMark Vantage's HDD Performance for its real-world application measurement approach to testing. From simple Windows Vista start-up performance to data streaming from a disk drive in a game engine and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel confident that these tests best illustrate the real performance profile of our SSDs in an end user/consumer PC usage model.
The OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid put up mixed numbers in the PCMark Vantage storage benchmarks. In its first run after enabling the SSD cache, the RevoDrive Hybrid showed some marginal improvements in performance over the HD alone. But once we got to the third run, performance increased dramatically in a few of the tests and the RevoDrive hybrid was able to outrun even the Vertex 3 in the WMC benchmark. Overall, however, while performance did go up quite a bit, it was only a in a few of the tests that the RevoDrive hybrid was able to significantly outpace the also-hybrid Momentus XT and the Intel SRT setup was faster in most tests.