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: Benchmarks utilizing incompressible data like CrystalDiskMark really tell the tale of the Vertex 3 Max IOPS drive. As you can see, the sequential read scores more than doubles up on the Agility 3 and in the sequential writes shows the regular Vertex 3 who wears the pants in the Vertex family.
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: If it’s not already obvious, the Max IOPS Vertex 3 stood tall here, sweeping the pack with the best scores in every category – although not by wide margins.