OCZ Vector 180 240GB Review (Page 9 of 10)

Page 9 - Benchmark: PCMark Vantage

About PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows Vista offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts.

A PCMark score is a measure of your computer’s performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.

From desktops and laptops to workstations and gaming rigs, by comparing your PCMark Vantage score with other similar systems you can find the hardware and software bottlenecks that stop you getting more from your PC.

From: Developer's Page

PCMark Vantage aims to shed a little more insight into real life performance of your computer hardware by semi-synthetic means -- and all insight is good, right? The great thing about standardized tests is anyone can repeat them and get very similar results, given identical hardware. Well, I am not going to narrate the stuff above in detail, because we all know graphs are there for a very good reason. Just to give you a bit of insight if you are too lazy to go through all nine comparisons, the OCZ Vector 180 240GB delivered a pretty average SATA 6Gb/s drive score. PCMark Vantage uses some pretty simple simulations, so it is pretty optimized for drives with relatively fast linear read (It does funny things when you got a SandForce RAID array though). Once again, it is important to note OCZ claims to play no tricks with regards to benchmark results, and instead focuses on sustained performance and reliability. However, when the Vector 150 first came out last year, it was one of the fastest PCMark drives in the segment. For some reason, the Vector 180 fell almost 10,000 points behind, so I think it is important to dig a bit into the details. In the first three subcategories, the Vector 180 was actually faster than its predecessor. In the following two, it was marginally slower. However, it totally dropped the ball in the last two, turning out some pretty low numbers -- contributing to the rather significant difference in the overall score. I ran the test a few more times to make sure these were not outliers; and indeed, a quick internet search showed other people were getting similar results as I did.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Conclusion