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 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 didn’t quite keep up with the ASUS P8Z77-V. Though a sequential read of 494.0MB/s is still quite solid.
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 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 had an average read of 360.3MB/s and an average write of 363.3MB/s. These are solid numbers, just not quite enough to keep up with the ASUS P8Z77-V.