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 MAX IOPS drive didn’t manage to document any benefits in this test when compared to the regular Vertex 3. Not that we are complaining mind you, because the final time of 22 seconds is at the top of the pack.
We ran this test multiple times and the MAX IOPS drive was slightly faster loading this game when compared to the reference drive. We would assume it is because of the way the data is arranged with this specific title. Not a huge gain, but repeatable.