CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.
Benchmark Results: Another incompressible data benchmark has the Octane drive strutting its stuff in the sequential writes department while doing very well in the sequential reads. The numbers closely resemble that of the Intel 510 series drive. Random reads were in the ballpark with everyone else but random writes lagged a bit – again along with the Inter drives.
We are continuing to use the new PCMark 7 software since they have updated it to version 7 which is specifcially designed for Windows 7. It measures the performance of the latest PC hardware across a variety of common scenarios. PCMark Vantage 7 supports both system level and component level benchmarking and comprises several different test suites but for the purposes of this review, we employed the secondary storage suite. The nice thing about it is that you can submit your scores online and compare against others.
Benchmark Results: Really, not a whole lot going on here as scores are pretty close across the board. The Octane did take top spot in the video editing category.