GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 Intel Z77 Motherboard Review

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Intel Z77 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance Testing

Thermaltake BlackX 5G SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Dock

There are a number of different Super Speed USB 3.0 host controllers out there. In order to know which ones perform the best we run a series of tests that will put the controller through the ringer and see how it comes out on the other side. Each of our motherboards uses a different Super Speed USB 3.0 controller and you can find the below.

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.

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Testing of the USB3 was done using the “Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Docking Station . The drive used was an Corsair Force GT 240Gb SSD.

Intel Z77 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance

Benchmark Results: CrystalDiskMark shows us that the ASUS P8Z77-V is once again faster than the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7. The GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 has a sequential read of 253.3MB/s which is 16.5MB/s behind the ASUS P8Z77-V. The sequential write of 248.8MB/s belonging to the Z77X-UP7 is 14.5MB/s behind the ASUS board.

HD Tune Pro 5.00 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.

Intel Z77 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 HD Tune 5.00 Read Benchmark Results

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Intel Z77 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 HD Tune 5.00 Write Benchmark Results

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Testing of the USB3 was done using the “Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Docking Station . The drive used was an Corsair Force GT 240Gb SSD.

Intel Z77 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance

Benchmark Results: The ASUS P8Z77-V is quite a bit faster than our GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 in the USB 3.0 HD Tune testing today. The average read of the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 is 251.4MB/s while the ASUS hit 293.7MB/s. The average write of the Z77X-UP7 was 250.8MB/s, 39.2MB/s slower than the ASUS system.

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