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.
Technically speaking, the new OCZ Vertex 460 trailed most of the drives we tested according to PCMark 7. Take note, however, that the deltas separating the drives here are all very small. There is only a 2.1% delta separating the highest and lowest performing drives, which is to say the real-world performance differences would be imperceptible to end users.