It doesn’t matter how good any of the synthetic suites are, the real meat of the testing has to be under absolute real world conditions. This proves difficult as to record results we have to narrow down fluctuation. Therefore while we would say these are the most useful results to get from this review, there is always going to be a slight margin for error – its not absolutely scientific.
Firstly we installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition onto each of the drives and performed a clean update from Microsoft with all patches and security fixes. We then install a basic suite of software, such as Office, Firefox and Adobe Design, then we install AVG free antivirus. We used a digital watch for this startup and repeated the test five times for each drive – once we had these five results we averaged the results and took that for the final figure.
The drive scores 22 seconds in this test, which is as good as you are likely to get with a single 2.5 inch drive handling the duties.
Amazing results from this drive in our STALKER load test, beating the Vertex 4 1.4fw unit by a second. Difficult to notice the results in the ‘real world’, however as a parameter of measuring performance, there are clear improvements over the last generation.