MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard Preview – Intel Z77 w/ Sandy Bridge
Intel Z77 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance
Intel LGA1155 Motherboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller Chips:
- MSI Z77A-GD65 – Intel Z77
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro – ASMedia ASM1042 USB 3.0 controller
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 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance testing was done using a Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD.
Benchmark Results: The performance of the Intel Z77 chipset in our SuperSpeed USB 3.0 tests was impressive. The sequential read hit 257MB/s while the sequential write was 256MB/s. This is significantly faster than the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro that hit 228.4MB/s sequential read and 230.7MB/s sequential write.
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
MSI Z77A-GD65 ‘Ivy Bridge’ Motherboard HD Tune Pro 4.61 Write Benchmark Results
MSI Z77A-GD65 ‘Ivy Bridge’ Motherboard HD Tune Pro 4.61 Read Benchmark Results
Benchmark Results: HD Tune 5.00 flip flopped our results that we saw in CrystalDiskMark. The ASUS P8Z68-V Pro had a slightly faster average read by 5.2MB/s and averaged 230.7MB/s versus the MSI Z77A-GD65 average read of 225.5MB/s. The average write of the MSI Z77A-GD65 was 4.8MB/s faster than the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro with a write speed of 202.7MB/s versus 197.9MB/s.