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Benchmarks: Real-World Applications

The Windows 7 boot time test is measured from the moment the OS loading screen appears to the time the Windows desktop is fully loaded. As you can see, all SSDs perform exceptionally well here and there is very little difference between them.

Despite the RevoDrive X2's massive bandwidth, it was unable to load Windows faster than some of the 2.5" SSDs. The Samsung 470 Series 256GB set the bar at 9.5 seconds, and the RevoDrive X2 failed to decrease that time, taking 13.4 seconds, only a fraction faster than the Vertex 2 Pro 100GB.

For the application load test, we set the following applications to launch during the Windows 7 startup: Internet Explorer, Outlook 2007, Access 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Word 2007 and Photoshop CS4. The test starts when the Windows 7 startup sound loads to the time the final application is loaded.

The OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB was unable to deliver in our multi-tasking test. In fact, to our surprise, it was slower than the Vertex 2 Pro 100GB as well as the Samsung and Crucial SSDs.

We measured the time it took to launch Adobe Photoshop CS4 from the moment we clicked on the icon to the time the program was completely loaded and ready to use. The OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB again performed just average, only matching the performance of the Vertex 2 Pro 100GB.

The next batch of results was recorded when loading the last level from the single-player campaign in StarCraft II. The test began the second the load screen appeared and stopped once the "click to play" message showed.

Again the OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB only delivered average performance, taking longer to load the level than the Vertex 2 Pro.