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: Curiously, the Patriot Pyro performance falls off on the sequential runs in comparison to the other SandForce drives except the OCZ Agility drive. Still, the Agility drive outpaces it by a significant margin in the sequential writes department.
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: All scores except the Start Applications fall in line with the comparable drives where again, it rounds out close to what we saw with the OCZ Agility drive.