OCZ Z-Drive m84 PCI-Express SSD Review

PCMark Vantage HDD Test Module

Next we ran the Intel RAID 0 arrays and our 256GB OCZ Z-Drive 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.

Futuremark's PCMark Vantage

We 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 that these tests illustrate more of a real-world performance profile of an SSDs in an end user/consumer PC or Workstation usage model.

This specific set of PCMark Vatange HDD tests are generally read-intensive measurements, whether reading images in Windows Photo Gallery or scanning the hard drive for threats in Windows Defender.  The Vista Startup and gaming tests are indicative of application loading performance, which are also a read-intensive operations. Unfortunately, under these conditions, the Z-Drive just couldn't keep up with the Intel SSD/ICH10 RAID arrays and with the Windows Defender and Gaming tests it didn't keep pace with even a single Intel X25-M SSD.

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