BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W Motherboard Review

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SATA 6GB/s Testing Results

I used a Crucial M4 SATA 6GB/s SSD in both a single drive configuration and in RAID 0. I was also running a pair of Seagate Momentus 320GB HDDs in RAID 0 on all tested platforms. The MSI A55M-P33 motherboard does not support SATA 6GB/s speeds; it is only capable of reaching SATA 3GB/s speeds so I did not test the performance of this motherboard.

Single Crucial 128GB M4 SSD

Crystal Disk Mark

Hi-Fi A85W CDM Single

Looking at our SATA 6Gb/s testing numbers we can see that the Biostar HiFi A85W motherboard is keeping up quite well with the Intel counterpart the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard.

HDTune

Hi-Fi A85W HDTune Single

Looking at HDTune performance numbers, HDTune just reconfirms that both of the tested platforms during SATA 6Gb/s Crucial M4 128GBs SSD performance is on par to what we would expect from these SSDs.

RAID 0 Crucial 128GB M4 SSD Testing

Crystal Disk Mark

Hi-Fi A85W CDM RAID 0

Once I paired the two Crucial M4 128GB SSDs in a RAID configuration we can see here that the Biostar Hi-Fi A85W motherboard has given me the best overall performance out of the RAID’ 0 Crucial M4 128 GBs SSDs.

HDTune

Hi-Fi A85W HDTune RAID 0

HDTune performance testing reconfirms that the Biostar Hi-Fi A85W motherboard had slightly better performance over the tested X79 based platform.

Looking at the SATA 6Gb/s testing we can see that both of the tested platforms, ASUS P9X79 Deluxe and the Biostar HiFi A85W motherboards, performed right on par to what we would expect from a single Crucial 128GBs M4 SATA 6Gb/s SSD and the performance is on par once we paired up another Crucial 128GBs M4 SATA 6Gb/s SSD in RAID 0. I will mention that currently only AMD can run more than two SATA 6Gb/s storage devices without the need of an extra controller.

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