CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.
The SATA III 6Gbps performance testing was completed using a Corsair Force GT 240Gb SATA III 6Gbps SSD.
Benchmark Results: The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition was able to outperform the MSI Big Bang XPower II in CrystalDiskMark with a sequential read of 515.5MB/s compared to the MSI’s 499.7MB/s. Neither of the X79 platforms were quite up the task of taking on our Intel Z87 motherboards though.
HD Tune Pro 4.01 is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.
Benchmark Results: The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition bested the MSI Big Bang XPower II on the Average read with an average of 396.4MB/s to the MSI’s 386.1MB/s. The MSI was able to edge out the ASUS RIVBE on the average write with an average of 328.2MB/s compared to 324.5MB/s.