Crucial M550 2.5" SATA SSD Full Capacity Roundup
PCMark Vantage and 7
For trace based testing, we are replacing the outdated PCMark 05 results with a pair of newer versions of the same. PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 results will be included moving forward. We are also running PCMark 8 on samples as we receive them, however we do not yet have sufficient comparative data to make a useful chart. Vantage results tend to be higher as they show more of a raw / peak type of result measured during the trace, while 7 shows more of an averaged value over the time duration of the trace. Translation: Vantage shows max throughput while 7 shows how that throughput impacts overall system performance. You can easily tell the difference by looking at the results of the HDD (VelociRaptor), which scores higher under 7 since the overall system is usually doing other things in addition to accessing storage.
Cramming all of the actual numbers onto these charts is overwhelming, but it's easy to see relative differences between the compared units. PCMark Vantage and 7 both consider overall system performance (in addition to the storage device), which explains why the majority of SSDs come in very closely on these tests.