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.
Our results with PCMark 7 roughly mirror what we've seen throughout. The SanDisk CloudSpeed doesn't stand out in anyone category here, but it does offer competitive performance. Though the CloudSpeed 1000E outpaced only the Micron drive in terms of its overall score, there is only a 5% delta separating the fastest and slowest drive here.