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 Intel Z77 Express chipset is a very solid SATA III 6Gbps solution. Coupled with the Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD on the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard we saw read speeds of 497.0MB/s and write speeds of 312.4MB/s.
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: Firing up HD Tune Pro 5.50 we saw average read speeds of 338.9MB/s and average write speeds of 335.5MB/s. Overall a solid SATA III 6Gbps performance for the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series Motherboard.