HD Tach is a low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, removable drives (ZIP/JAZZ), flash devices, and RAID arrays. HD Tach uses custom device drivers and other low level Windows interfaces to bypass as many layers of software as possible and get as close to the physical performance of the device possible.
The SATA6 Testing was done using Western Digital 1Tb Black Edition SATA6 hard drive.
Benchmark Results: It seems that an average read rate of 109.1MB/s is the limit of the Western Digital 1TB Black Edition as six of our seven boards including the ASUS Sabertooth X58 have been able to hit that. As far as the average write speeds the ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard fell just behind the fastest boards, though it was by only .7MB/s or .9%
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
Testing of the USB3 was done using the SUNBEAMTECH Airbox USB3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure. The hard drive used was a Western Digital 640Gb Black Edition Hard drive.
Benchmark Results: The HD Tune results show that all of the boards are very comparable to each other. The burst rates are the only things that seem to change dramatically. The ASUS Sabertooth X58 does have the highest burst speeds in read and write of any of the motherboards that we have tested.