All storage testing will be done using the latest version of Crystal Disk Mark. When testing a specific device, it will be formatted prior to testing, and the test system rebooted. While we have been using the Kingston Predator M.2 for the boot drive, we will switch to using the Intel Pro 2500 for the boot drive so we can test the M.2 after it has been cleaned.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Benchmark Results: For the most part, we are used to seeing similar scores across each test system. A little variance is to be expected. For SATA and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 this hold true. The M.2 performance on the Z170 FTW left a little to be desired though. For the Sequential Read speed, we saw close to a 18% drop in performance, while the Sequential Write speed drop in performance was closer to 45%!