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.
The Samsung SSD 830 Series drive put up the second best overall storage score in the PCMark 7 Storage benchmark, besting all drives with the exception of the OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS edition. If we tunnel deeper and look at the individual test results, it's also a very tight finish with the Samsung SSD 830 Series trailing the OCZ drive by the smallest of margins in most tests. Where the Samsung drive pulls ahead, the deltas are similarly tiny.