Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed

PCMark, Photoshop CS4, Crysis

PCMark Vantage Benchmark
Final System Score

Adobe Photoshop CS4
Loading 1.5 GB+ PSD into Scratch Space

Level Load Time

Dropping an SSD into your new Windows 7 box will help performance across the board, as all three of the above benchmarks show substantially better performance with an SSD. Loading a huge file in Photoshop will be quicker, as will loading levels in Crysis. We're seeing performance gains of about 2x over a 7,200 RPM hard disk, roughly 1.5x over a high-end 10,000 RPM hard disk.

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