Today's fastest SSDs already bounce off the SATA 6Gb/s interface's throughput ceiling. Does a 3 Gb/s link kill the performance of those drives? We run a number of synthetic and real-world tests to assess the damage when you upgrade an older platform.
PCMark Vantage is older than PCMark 7. Yet, it demonstrates more of a advantage favoring 6 Gb SATA.
Western Digital's VelociRaptor manages to score a second-place finish in the media center performance benchmark. Bottom line, though: an SSD, bottlenecked or not, is notably faster than a hard drive's best effort.
- Are SSDs Still The Most Noticeable PC Upgrade?
- Hardware And Test Setup
- Real-World Benchmark System And Software
- Results: Sequential Read And Write Performance
- Results: Access Time
- Results: 4 KB Random Read And Write Performance
- Results: 512 KB Random Read And Write Performance
- Results: I/O Benchmark Profiles
- Results: PCMark 7 And Trace
- Results: PCMark Vantage
- Results: AS-SSD Copy Benchmark
- Results: Overall Performance
- Real-World Benchmarks: Booting Up And Shutting Down Windows 8
- Real-World Benchmarks: Booting Up Windows 8 And Adobe Photoshop
- Real-World Benchmarks: Five Applications
- Even With SATA 3Gb/s, An SSD Makes Sense