There’s a nice pick-up in reviews again this week, including three full reviews of the retail OCZ Vertex 3 by AnandTech and TweakTown, one of the most powerful SATA SSDs available today. Unfortunately for those looking to read reviews with real world testing, Hardware Canucks is the only one to run such tests, such as Windows start-up, copying files and so on.. The rest just of the reviews resorted to replaying read/write traces or scripted tests that simulate a very busy terminal server.
As with reviewing hard disks, every product reviewer has their own way of reviewing Solid State Drives and each reviewer also has their own preferred testing methods. Some reviewers swear by simulated real world tests such as PCMark Vantage, some believe that synthetic tests are enough, while the more patient reviewers will go all the way to the bother of test driving the SSD in the real world such as timing the installation of popular software products, measuring game launch times and so on.