FutureMark's PCMark 7 Pro has a useful storage benchmark. It tests read and write patterns of commonly used functions that computer users will encounter regularly. While most of the other tests show the raw performance of the drives, PCMark helps to translate that performance into how it will affect daily functions. As we saw in the other synthetic benchmark tests, the Max IOPS drive excelled when it came to intensive read operations with small page sizes, but was slower with write operations. According to PCMark 7 Pro, this translates into very fast application loading and photo importing speeds. All the other test results for the Max IOPS drive were in line with the SandForce with synchronous NAND class of drives.
The Max IOPS drive offered the same level of performance as the original Vertex 3 when making local copies of our Movie and MP3 filesets, but it jumped ahead with the Documents fileset.