G.Skill Phoenix PRO 120GB SSD review

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SSD Performance PCMark Vantage HDD

PCMark Vantage HDD test suite

PCMark vantage has a very good test suite to benchmark storage performance. The software will look at items you normally do with your PC and will try to measure what kind of an effect that has on your user experience by testing eight different segments stressing the storage unit.

HDD1 Windows Defender
HDD2 Gaming
HDD3 Import Pictures
HDD4 Windows Vista startup

  • HDD1 - Spyware is very common on systems without protection against it, letting Windows Defender scan & protect your system is recommended.
  • HDD2 - Streaming data from an HDD in games allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action.
  • HDD3 - Importing digital photos to Windows Photo Gallery is where a high performance HDD shines.
  • HDD4 - Starting Windows Vista is a rather demanding task for the storage device, but a fast HDD will notably decrease the loading time.

The tests include a series of reads, writes and copies under a set of specific conditions and applications.

Now first off have a very good look at the traditional HDD drive, the Western Digital Velociraptor, it's totally trashed by the SSD drives. In red the Phoenix drives which actually matches Vertex 2 Performance, and the new 120GB PRO drive is a tiny bit slower compared to the 100GB drive, whichw as expected.

Let's fire up the second round of real-world performance tests:

HDD5 Video editing
HDD6    Media Center
HDD7 Media Player Music Adding
HDD8 Application loading

  • HDD5 - Home video editing with Windows Movie Maker can be very time-consuming unless you have a high performance HDD.
  • HDD6 - Windows Media Center with a high performance HDD can handle simultaneous video recording, time-shifting, and streaming to an Extender for Windows Media Center, such as Xbox 360.
  • HDD7 - Cataloguing your music library is a breeze for fast and powerful HDDs.
  • HDD8 - Starting various applications can take a long time unless you have a high performance HDD.

In the past test 5 (video editing) and test 6 (MCE) we noticed the traditional mechanical Raptor drive lead the pack due to small file writing like little thumbnails and such. However, here's where the big 64MB/128MB caches on the new generation SSDs kick in so darn hard.

Stunning -- positively stunning performance here for the two SandForce1200 listed products.

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