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: Even with incompressible data on the benchmark, the RevoDrive 3 X2 kills on the sequential reads and writes. The 4K scores comes back to Earth but not at the higher 32 queue depth where it again doubles up on most other drives.
This is our first use of the new PCMark 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: The new PCMark Vantage really doesn’t show a lot of variation between drives but clearly the third generation RevoDrive is the overall victor.