Solid State Drives Guide
Timing Tests + PCMark 7 Results
Recently added to our evaluation of SSDs is how they perform in real world everyday situations, namely booting up from a cold start, reboot and launching applications. As for the applications used, we made the drives launch 11 applications from the Adobe CS6 suite of utilities simultaneously, which includes resource intensive applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro amongst others. As a point of reference, a 7200rpm mechanical hard disk would take over 5 minutes to open all the applications.
The Kingston HyperX Fury got off to a disappointing start as its recorded timings for all three tasks were on the high side. 27.3 seconds is the second slowest timing recorded for a cold start and 29.5 seconds is the slowest timing for a reboot. Finally it took 12.9 seconds to launch the entire Adobe CS6 suite of utilities, which means it is tied for slowest with the Plextor M6S. Although realistically speaking, the differences in real life will be slight, it is still an indication of the lack of performance from the HyperX Fury.
PCMark 7 Results
PCMark 7 is a benchmarking suite from FutureMark that evaluates the performance of Windows 7 machines. It tests a wide range workloads and aspects of the system ranging from computation, image and video manipulation and storage. We’ll be looking solely at the storage test here.
Unfortunately, the Kingston HyperX Fury failed to pick itself up on PCMark 7 as it recorded a disappointing score of 5214 - around 2% - 5% less than its key competitors. However, if we were to look at the breakdown, we can see that the HyperX Fury actually did quite well on certain scenarios, but was ultimately heavily penalized for its poor showing on the “Starting Applications” workload.