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PCMark Application Benchmarks

14-Way SSD Hard Drive Roundup
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The Windows XP Startup benchmark of PCMark05 requires both high throughput and quick average access times in order to load multiple small files quickly. MLC-based flash SSD products like the ones from Crucial and Silicon Power lose a lot of ground in this discipline, meaning that they aren’t suitable for varying workloads. Sequential reads is what they do best. On the other hand, the powerful SLC-flash drives by Mtron, Hama, OCZ and Samsung do a great job, as do the MemoRight drives.

The PCMark05 file write benchmark characterizes a drive’s ability to sequentially write files of various sizes. Again, the professional drives do much better than the mainstream MLC armada by Crucial, Hama, Silicon Power and Super Talent.

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