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 sequential read speed of the OCZ Vertex 3 is staggering, meaning it can shave off 4 seconds when compared against the previous leader, the Intel 510 120gb. A four second improvement is massive in this particular test.
STALKER is a demanding game, especially when waiting almost 40 seconds for it to load via a mechanical hard drive. The Vertex 3 240gb records the fastest time yet, taking 3 seconds from the load time when compared against the Intel 510 drive. Class leading results, yet again.