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GA-890GPA-UD3H rev1.0 Controller Face off

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August 11, 2010 4:49:45 PM

I recently purchased this motherboard and had questioned the performance of the controllers on this board as they seemed "slow" to me. Gigabyte's techsupport said there shouldnt be any performance difference between the "ONBOARD" and "ONCHIP" SATA controllers, but there clearly are differences.

I used Crystal Mark 3.0 (x64) edition to perform these tests, and surprisingly the best controller was the Gigabyte GB336X controller (ONBOARD) in just native IDE mode.

I need speed and size, so an SSD doesnt work for me. I tried RAID0 with two 500mbs drives I had with the AMD controller, but it was actually slower than the 1TB Samsung drive which made no sense to me. So I wanted to test this out further, and here is what I found.

test setup:
Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 (x64)
Motherboard: GA-890GPA-UD3H rev1.0
AMD Phenom X6 1055T
8GB Corsair 1600 DDR3 Memory
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 (HD103SJ)
AMD Driver: AMD; 10/7/2009; 1.2.0.164
Gigabyte Driver: Jmicron, 10/29/2009; 1.17.52.2
Test : 1000 MB [C: 9.3% (86.9/931.4 GB)] (x5)
OS : Windows 7 [6.1 Build 7600] (x64)

GB336X IDE MODE ("ONBOARD")
Sequential Read 122.870 mb/s
Sequential Write 114.925 mb/s
Random Read 44.877 mb/s
Random Write 57.356 mb/s
Random Read 4kb (QD=1) .545 mb/s [133.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=1) 1.129 mb/s [275.7 IOPS]
Random Read 4kb (QD=32) .717 mb/s [175.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=32) 1.141 mb/s [278.6 IOPS]


AMD IDE MODE ("ONCHIP")
Sequential Read 118.189 mb/s
Sequential Write 56.454 mb/s
Random Read 42.377 mb/s
Random Write 35.306 mb/s
Random Read 4kb (QD=1) .526 mb/s [128.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=1) .900 mb/s [219.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4kb (QD=32) .677 mb/s [165.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=32) .906 mb/s [221.1 IOPS]


AMD AHCI MODE ("ONCHIP")
Sequential Read 122.827 mb/s
Sequential Write 103.267 mb/s
Random Read 44.555 mb/s
Random Write 54.182 mb/s
Random Read 4kb (QD=1) .564 mb/s [137.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=1) 1.117 mb/s [272.6 IOPS]
Random Read 4kb (QD=32) 1.139 mb/s [278.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=32) 1.155 mb/s [ 282.1 IOPS]


GB336X AHCI MODE ("ONBOARD")
Sequential Read 106.142 mb/s
Sequential Write 51.644 mb/s
Random Read 41.412 mb/s
Random Write 39.472 mb/s
Random Read 4kb (QD=1) .535 mb/s [130.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=1) 1.005 mb/s [245.2 IOPS]
Random Read 4kb (QD=32) .723 mb/s [176.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4kb (QD=32) 1.054 mb/s [257.4 IOPS]


So it appears that the GB336X IDE MODE ("ONBOARD") controller is the fastest of them all.

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August 11, 2010 10:30:20 PM

Good stuff! The RAID 0 results are surprising?! Perhaps look into a dedicated RAID controller for your particular MOBO. I'm coming to the realization GA is not the ideal choice for RAID.

Have you looked into Solid State Hybrid Drives?
August 12, 2010 12:18:11 AM

Yes, I actually ordered a 60GB OCZ SSD drive from newegg thearlier this week. Waiting for it to come in, which should be here this week which Ill use as my boot drive, and possibly my file crunching drive depending on size thats left after the OS install.

I am going to post the raid0 results, I just ran out of time in my testing. I used the AMD side for Raid0, and had about the same kind of performance as the IDE on the Gigabyte controller. They are two WD Drives at 500mbs each. I definately want to test the raid0 performance on both the AMD onchip, and Gigabyte Onboard controllers. I still have no idea what that means between onchip and onboard, gigabyte didnt explain that in their techsupport. I just found it interesting that there is two controllers onboard tho.. for what reason I have no idea.
August 12, 2010 3:04:35 AM

Here is the AMD Raid controller results... pitiful if you ask me. I dont know why these scores are so bad when RAID0 is supposed to be very quick...

The Samsung drive on the native gigabyte controller in IDE mode smokes this test.

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
AMD Raid Controller Driver | 12/4/2009 | 3.2.1540.35
Western Digital WD5000AAJS 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 8MB HDD x2
RAID0 Test Results:
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 134.158 MB/s
Sequential Write : 84.034 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 35.528 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 41.831 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.444 MB/s [ 108.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.984 MB/s [ 484.5 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.154 MB/s [ 281.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 2.585 MB/s [ 631.1 IOPS]

Test : 1000 MB [C: 1.8% (16.4/931.2 GB)] (x5)
Date : 2010/08/11 19:51:37
OS : Windows 7 [6.1 Build 7600] (x64)

Ill need to rebuild these drives all over again on the Gigabyte Controller in RAID mode if I am going to test this further. Im not sure at this point if its worth it or not with these kind of results.
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