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Application performance
WorldBench is a good way to explore system performance across a broad range of desktop applications, but precious few of its tests benefit from faster storage subsystems. We've included results from a couple of tests that have shown preference for faster drives in the past, and we've also thrown in a Firefox compile for those who requested that we examine compiling performance.

The WinZip and Photoshop tests are the only ones to really spread the field, and the 470 Series fares well in both. In Photoshop, it ties for the lead with the SiliconEdge Blue. Samsung must make do with fifth place in the Nero test, but that still puts the 470 Series ahead of the X25-M and a stack of SandForce drives, not to mention all the mechanical offerings.

Boot and load times
Our boot time test starts when the power button is pressed and ends when the mouse cursor turns into a pointer on the Windows 7 desktop. Before they even begin to load Windows, our test systems must first initialize multiple storage controllers. That takes some time, which is why your own system may boot much faster than ours. But, since all the drives are penalized equally with our setup, the results are comparable, at least amongst themselves.

At less than two seconds behind the leader, the 470 Series looks reasonably good in our boot time test. However, it's a little bit slower than the other SSDs, beating only the Kingston drive and our RAID array, which takes a little extra time to initialize during the boot process.

When loading game levels, the 470 Series is more competitive. The Samsung SSD is only about second off the pace in Modern Warfare 2 and Crysis, which makes it faster than a number of other solid-state drives, including units based on Indilinx, Intel, and SandForce silicon.