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.
Strong performance from both OCZ drives in this test with the 830 series and Intel model very much struggling to compete.
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 Shogun 2 (Steam) and run its validation tool. This means a scan of over 15GB.
Overall this test shows a similar trend to many others in the review, OCZ competing well with Intel and Samsung in real word tasks and the Vertex 3 opening up a small gap.