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 over 4GB and containing 10,000+ emails, has some damage and the tool provided by Microsoft scans it, then fixes.
In this test we see the Vertex 4 return to the top of the pile with the 512GB version fastest and the 256GB model matching the Vertex 3 480GB. The Samsung and Marvell drives don’t quite offer this level of performance.
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 20 GB 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 Shogun 2: Total War: Fall of the Samurai (Steam) and run its validation tool.
In a complete reverse of the Office scan test we see the Samsung and Marvell drives offering the best performance in this test with Indilinx and Sandforce closely matched at around 140-150 seconds for the scan of 20GB.