Benchmark Results: PCMark 7 System Benchmarks
This is probably one of the most important benchmarks, as it shows very clearly that applications can be launched much faster on systems armed with an SSD.
Here's a great example of how an SSD won't affect your system. In applications that either depend on processor or graphics performance, more storage throughput won't help. PCMark 7’s computation test is hits our various CPUs hard, minimizing the impact an SSD has on the final score. Keep this in mind as you plan your upgrade, and try to pay attention to the applications you run.
The SSD has a slight effect on I/O-oriented bottlenecks, though it's clear that a faster processor, more memory, and better graphics make the biggest difference in each case.
The Entertainment score is higher across the board with the SSD.
The Lightweight test does what the name suggests: it runs less-intensive application scenarios. We see around two times the performance on systems armed with an SSD, perhaps a result of relaxed processing demands in this metric.
The Windows Defender test tracks the effective throughput that the storage subsystem provides during a system scan. This is 2.5x to 4.5x faster on the SSD.
Overall, PCMark 7 says that the systems armed with an SSD are roughly one-third faster than the same machines rocking conventional hard drives.
Waiting until it is price gets reasonable.
since its for mainstream, i would have liked a subjective test where some 'average' folks, doing 'average' tasks, would use the machines with/without SSD's, and rate the perceived speed on a scale of 1=10.
those should have been included as well. most people "feel" the speed, rather than benchmark it.
I'm very curious about the results. My Dell Lat C400 is chugging along just fine on Windows 7 but I believe a SSD would greatly improve performance.
I do not see that the SATA controller mentions AHCI in the device manager tab, however when I run the TRIM check commnand through CMD, it returns a "enabled" reply. Also,have made the necessary registry changes to ensure that AHCI is enabled. There is however no option in the MB bios to set AHCI.
So is my drive configured with TRIM enabled or not?
MAGPCSSD is just too exaggerated, yes it is faster than HDD and may be more reliable but that doesn't justify its price.Waiting until it is price gets reasonable.
How much is reasonable? A 64GB Crucial M4 is $105... that's pretty damn reasonable to me. For that kind of money you could get a low-end mobo, an Athlon X4, or 16GB of DDR3. Upgrades don't get much more reasonable than that. But if you already have a decent, if older system, installing an SSD will make it feel like a brand new system should for the least amount of money.
Spend 10 mins doing office/internet stuff on each config without knowing which is which and rank them by speed subjectively.