OCZ Vertex Limited Edition, SandForce Powered SSD
Next we ran the OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 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 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 reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user/consumer PC usage model.
Here we're looking at significantly better real world test metrics versus our synthetic testing on the previous pages. However, these tests represent more of a tradition desktop, versus workstation, usage model. That said, the OCZ Vertex LE handily puts the hurt on all other drives in this test group, with the exception of the Micron RealSSD C300 in 6G SATA mode. That specific comparison isn't "apples to apples" per se but we thought you'd like the score for reference regardless. In short however, the OCZ Vertex LE puts up the fastest scores in this benchmark segment, that we've seen with any standard 3Gbps SATA SSD to date.