BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W Motherboard ReviewMon, Feb 04, 2013 - 12:00 AM
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
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.
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
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 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.