Office / Game Maintenance
On the last page we saw the benefits of using the SSDs during installations, now it’s time to look at how it affects tasks within one of those applications. In these tests we have taken a demanding Office task and performed it on each of the drives. This task is a scan and repair of a large outlook PST file. That file, measuring nearly 4GB and containing 8000+ emails, has some damage and the tool provided by Microsoft scans it, then fixes.
In this test there is a decent advantage for the OCZ drive, it finishes 7 seconds ahead of the Intel model.
For a large number of gamers the main way to obtain content is via digital distribution and the two main platforms for this are Valve’s Steam and Blizzards Battle.net. Of course when we purchase games online reinstallation at any point can take a while with some games being over 20GB in size and so to save consumers from lengthy downloads both Valve and Blizzard allow us to validate and repair our game files, scanning them for problems and replacing any broken content.
Scanning games can be a time consuming task though so a fast storage device can have us up and running again more quickly. To show the impact each drive has on this task we have taken StarCraft 2 (Battle.net) and run its validation tool. This means a scan of over 9GB.
In this test we are scanning/fixing larger files which benefits the Intel SSD, this is much the same as the result we saw on the file transfer tests.