by Robert Tanner on March 18, 2013 in Solid-State Drives
Looking for a mainstream SSD but need help deciding which to choose? Is that $10 difference really worth it? Who’s got the most reliable SandForce based-SSD around? Why does Intel have so many SandForce SSDs anyway? All these questions and more are answered within!
Futuremark’s PCMark benchmarking suite should need no introduction; it has been a staple of PC benchmarks for the better half of a decade. It includes over 25 individual workloads designed to measure all aspects of system performance and gives individual scores in each test as well as an overall system performance score for easy system comparisons.
PCMark 7 offers a more accurate measure of performance as compared to its predecessor, PCMark Vantage. The storage scoring metrics especially were significantly re-tuned and optimized with SSDs in mind to give a more balanced disk subsystem score.
Although IMFT’s 20nm NAND is rated for a slightly lower write speed than the older 25nm NAND, it doesn’t tangibly impact performance. The Intel 335 still outperforms the m4 in PCMark and places between the two other SSDs in our lineup that utilize SandForce controllers. Surprisingly, the 335 is even able to swap places with the Neutron in the storage composite score.