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Performance Storage Subsystem - USB 3.0 & SSD SATA3 (6Gbps)

Performance Storage Subsystem - USB 3.0

With the modern age controllers we started adding SSD performance numbers measured on such interfaces (when applicable). Putting these in nicely styled charts would be better, but with technology so new we just do not have anything out there yet to compare to, so here are some raw peak performance numbers. 


Above you can see the Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB flash drive with todays tested motherboard. It is one of the fastest USB 3.0 sticks available on the market and makes USB 2.0 at 25~30 MB/sec look rather pale in comparison.

SATA 6 Gbps performance

Intel offers a grand total of 10 SATA3 (6Gbps) ports with their X99 chipset, and we think that is just excellent. Below we show SATA3 6 Gbps (BIOS at AHCI mode) performance with a SATA3 SSD. 


The SATA3 based SSD connected to the SATA3 (6Gbps) Intel controller. AHCI mode is enabled in the BIOS, especially with SSDs that helps a little on peak performance. The native Intel SATA3 (6 Gbps controllers) are the fastest your money can get you really. The latest AMD Series 8 and 9 chipsets also offer really good performance.

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