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Performance: PCMark Vantage

Tom's Storage Charts 2009: A New Test Environment

PCMark Vantage is a very popular benchmark that was designed and is distributed by Futuremark Corporation in Finland. Consumer benchmarks such as this one are available free of charge. You will find the latest version of PCMark Vantage on the appropriate download page on

PCMark Vantage has lots of features and benchmarking options. Although it is focused on system and CPU performance, the hard drive benchmarks are actually easy to use and provide reproducible and relevant results. There are six different hard drive benchmark runs, which are all based on real application scenarios. In addition to these, we add the PCMark Vantage overall score, which also takes system performance into account. The following charts show the results of the two PCMark Vantage HDD testing sections, which look at Windows Defender hard drive performance and Windows Vista startup performance.

We do not make changes to the benchmark, letting it run at its default settings. We also don’t optimize anything on the system side except turning off all features and power saving options, which may have an unpredictable impact on benchmark results. Although many of the PCMark Vantage results will reflect the first findings we get on h2benchw, PCMark actually requires a partition on the test drive(s), which makes the results especially relevant to Windows users.

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    kyeana , May 6, 2009 7:05 AM
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    crisisavatar , May 6, 2009 7:51 AM
    woot charts ! now we need gpu ones ( i dont mind waiting til Q2 is over )
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    curryj02 , May 6, 2009 8:13 AM
    Loving the reinstatement of the 'article index' drop down menu... But I think someone needs to smooth out the rough edges. Minor points, but ones I will make nonetheless.
    First, the dimensions are such that you have vertical AND horizontal scroll... kinda annoying.
    Second, the 'index button' width is slightly smaller than the actual drop down menu that appears. So if you click the down arrow and move your cursor directly down (which because of the width issue, is not over the drop down menu) it deselects the index and it disappears. ARGGHHH
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    SpadeM , May 6, 2009 8:47 AM
    joeman42These charts are a disaster. The same exact label is used to denote multiple drives. E.g., Western Digital Raptor or Seagate 7200.11 are each repeated over a half dozen times on each chart. Trying to find a specific model requires you to follow the product link over and over again on each chart. I gave up, still not sure if the one I was interested in is even listed.....

    He's right, and if I select WD and Samsung as filters, and then choose a benchmark, I get all the HDD listed and i have to choose my filters every time I select a benchmark. The old chart system before the site was "pimped" was way better then this.
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 8:52 AM
    The charts are bad, but the last version was bad too. The one before that was fine though.
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    xsamitt , May 6, 2009 11:30 AM
    I said we'd get harddrive review this week and lo and behold pappa was right.
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    acasel , May 6, 2009 12:44 PM
    I like the drop down menu now... Its much faster :-)
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 12:47 PM
    acaselI like the drop down menu now... Its much faster :-)

    ye but I'd gladly trade the menu for the old layout with avatars and less gray on gray.
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    sublifer , May 6, 2009 1:39 PM
    Yay! drop down menu is back!
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    xsamitt , May 6, 2009 2:20 PM
    Yes but we were told we'd have our avatars back?i don't see them ,do you?
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    sandmanwn , May 6, 2009 2:23 PM
    yeah avatars would be nice to help break up the monotonous comment section. its just one big blob of text.
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    sandmanwn , May 6, 2009 2:26 PM
    WHAT HAPPENED TO OCZ DRIVES!!! Did Intel slip some money under the table?
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 2:28 PM
    xsamittYes but we were told we'd have our avatars back?i don't see them ,do you?

    Jane said there was a chance, but she didn't promise.
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    fausto , May 6, 2009 3:16 PM
    there has to be a better way to do this. all i care about is real world performance. these charts are useless.
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 3:32 PM
    The charts are useless if you don't know what you need. Yes. But they wouldn't be useless to most of us if we could see which model was performing how well. I know what I need to care most about is average read speed on all my drives except the system one, where access time is relevant as well.
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    stilespj , May 6, 2009 8:52 PM
    Ditto on the useless chart theme!!!
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 8:54 PM
    No numbers for Intel power consumption!???? what a joke. C'mon Tom's surely you can do better.
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    Area51 , May 6, 2009 9:01 PM
    I don't get two things.
    1. If this is a test bed then shouldn't you be using the fastest CPU available to you? Also I believe the i920 has a 4.8GT/s, so it can be a limiting factor when you are testing other components.
    2. Why are you not including the Intel SSD's They have been around for a while and they are still missing from your SSD charts.
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 9:01 PM
    No Intel SSD numbers at all! that's got to be the biggest oversight in the history of the universe.
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    drumerman , May 7, 2009 3:29 AM
    SSD charts need intel's drives as well as OCZ's vertex drives... these drives aren't that new, they should be listed
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