Office / Game Maintenance
On the last page we saw performance during installations, now it’s time to look at how SSDs affect 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.
So, installations didn’t benefit much from the new architecture but in terms of actual use we see some good benefits, the RevoDrive 3 X2 cutting the scan and fix time in half when compared to a SATA3 SSD.
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 13GB.
In this test the results are not quite as impressive as the Office scan however we still see performance from the RevoDrive 3 X2 which is industry leading, the fastest we have seen this test complete to date.