PC Mark Vantage – HDD Suite
For these tests we will be using FutureMark’s PCMark
Vantage. This suite of real world test applications is highly regarded, as one
of the most comprehensive ways of testing a computer’s performance in the real
world. The PCMark Vantage test application also includes a HDD/SSD/USB Flash Drive
suite of benchmarking procedures, designed to fully test the performance of such
a device to its limits.
We will describe the basic way that each test is run above
the graph for each test.
Since this is the first time we have included results from
PC Mark Vantage in our reviews here at Myce.com, I will include screenshots of
results for all the SSDs that I tested. In future reviews I will only include a
screenshot for the review sample.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite results
Samsung 840 250GB SSD results
Now let’s look at the individual PCMark Vantage HDD suite
scores, in the form of graphs.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Windows Defender
This test measures the drive’s performance when running a
Windows Defender scan.
The test is approximately 99.38% reading and 0.62% writing.
The Samsung 840 takes third spot in this test, and is
performing very well.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Gaming
This test measures seamless data streaming performance from
the drive, in the game, Alan Wake.
The test is approximately 99.95% reading and 0.05% writing.
This time the Samsung 840 is top of the table, and is
showing excellent performance in the gaming test.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Picture import
This test measures the drive’s performance when importing a
large collection of images into Windows Photo Gallery.
The test is approximately 84.08% reading and 15.91% writing.
This time the Samsung 840 finishes the test in second place,
not far behind the OCZ Vector.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Windows Vista start-up
This test measures the drive’s performance for a Windows
Vista start up.
The test is approximately 84.67% reading and 15.33% writing.
With a bit more writing involved in this test, the Samsung
840 drops down to third place.
PCMark Vantage HDD suite: Video editing
This test measures the drive’s performance by carrying out
various video editing tasks in Windows Movie Maker.
The test is approximately 53.41% reading and 46.59% writing.
The Samsung 840 is at the bottom of the table in this test,
and once again its sequential writing performance lets it down a little.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Windows Media Center
This test measures the concurrent drive performance of Media
Center tasks. Included in the test is, SDTV playback, SDTV recording, and SDTV
streaming to Extender for Windows Media Center.
The test is approximately 50.12% reading and 49.88% writing.
This time the Samsung 840 finishes in third place.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Windows Media Player
This test measures the drive’s performance when adding music
files to Windows Media Player 11.
The test is approximately 77.93% reading and 22.07% writing.
This time the Samsung 840 is at the bottom of the table.
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Application loading
This test measures the drive’s performance when loading
Microsoft Word 2007, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Internet Explorer 7, and Outlook
The test is approximately 87.17% reading and 12.83% writing.
Once again the Samsung 840 finds itself at the bottom of the
PC Mark Vantage HDD suite: Overall score
The overall score is based on how the drive performed in
each of the individual HDD suite tests. They are then summed and an overall
score is derived from PC Mark Vantage.
As we can see from the results, the Samsung 840 is rated
fourth fastest overall in these tests.
Now let’s round off the performance tests with the Myce
Reality Suite on the next page…..