In this test we have created three file folder copy scenarios and we are copying them between two folders within the drive, recording the time taken for the file transfer to be completed. Our first folder is filled with 870 picture files totaling 1GB, the second folder is filled with 550 MP3 files totaling 2GB and the third folder is home to a single 4.5GB ISO file.
The file copy speed of the Performance Pro 256GB drive is about similar to those of the top-of-the-line Sandforce 2281 based drives. The Marvell based drive has the advantage when handling smaller files but is slightly slower when handling a single large file, obviously because of the inferior write speed of this model.
In our second real world test we are recording the time taken for our OS to fully boot from when we pressed the power on button and the start up times of two very popular and heavy professional applications, the Autodesk AutoCAD 2012 and the Mathworks Matlab. These tests are excellent examples of how an actual system would start and work under real-life circumstances.
This time the results were rather surprising since the Performance Pro performed as well as the Sandforce 8821 based drives and even managed to outperform them while loading Matlab, although this drive is slower “on paper”.