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Chipsets, SATA Controllers, And The Test Platforms

Does Your Storage Controller Affect The Performance Of An SSD?
By , Achim Roos

Again, in order to measure the performance of our 840 Pro on various platforms, we rounded up a total of seven motherboards, each one sporting a different south bridge or platform controller hub.

South BridgeMotherboardChipsetSocketNumber and Type of SATA Ports
AMD A75MSI A75MA-G55AMD A75FM16 x SATA 6Gb/s
AMD SB750MSI 790FX-GD70AMD 790FXAM36 x SATA 3Gb/s
AMD SB950 Asus M5A99X EVOAMD 990XAM36 x SATA 6Gb/s
Intel ICH10R MSI Big BangIntel X58 Express
LGA 13666 x SATA 3Gb/s
Intel P55Gigabyte P55A-UD7Intel P55 Express
LGA 11566 x SATA 3Gb/s
Intel Z77 Asus P8Z77-V ProIntel Z77 ExpressLGA 11552 x SATA 6Gb/s
Intel Z87 Intel DZ87KLT-75KIntel Z87 ExpressLGA 11506 x SATA 6Gb/s

In addition to the seven different integrated storage controllers, we also used five third-party SATA controllers, three of which power PCIe add-in cards (Asus U3S6, HighPoint Rocket 620, and HighPoint Rocket 1220), while the other two are soldered onto a motherboard (Asus P8Z77-V Pro und MSI Big Bang).

SATA ControllerPCIe Slot Card or MotherboardMotherboard Used
ChipsetSocket# and Type of SATA Ports
ASMedia ASM1061Mounted on motherboardAsus P8Z77-V ProIntel Z77LGA 11552 x SATA 6Gb/s
Marvell 88SE9123-NAA2 Asus U3S6 (PCIe x4)Asus P8Z77-V ProIntel Z77LGA 11552 x SATA 6Gb/s
Marvell 88SE9125-NAA2 HighPoint Rocket 620Asus P8Z77-V ProIntel Z77LGA 11552 x SATA 6Gb/s
Marvell 88SE9128-NAA2 Mounted on motherboardMSI Big BangIntel X58LGA 13662 x SATA 6Gb/s
Marvell 88SE9130-NAA2 HighPoint Rocket 1220 (PCIe x1)Asus P8Z77-V ProIntel Z77LGA 11552 x SATA 6Gb/s

Test Configuration and Test Platform

System Hardware
Marvell 88SE9125-NAA2
Highpoint Rocket 620 (PCI x1)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
Asus P8Z77-V Pro, Intel Core i7-3770K, Chipset: Intel Z77, LGA 1155
Marvell 88SE9123-NAA2
Asus U3S6 (PCI x4)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
Marvell 88SE9130-NAA2
Highpoint Rocket 1220 (PCI x1)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
ASMedia ASM1061
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
Intel Z77 (SATA 6Gb/s)
Intel ICH10R
6 x SATA 3Gb/s
MSI Big Bang, Intel Core i7-980X, Chipset: Intel X58, LGA 1366
Marvell 88SE9128-NAA2
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
Intel P55
6 x SATA 3Gb/s
Gigabyte P55A-UD7, Intel Core i7-870, Chipset: Intel P55, LGA 1156
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
Asus M5A99X EVO, AMD FX-8350, Chipset: AMD 990X, Socket AM3
Intel Z87
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
Intel DZ87KLT-75K, Intel Core i7-4770K, Chipset: Intel Z87, LGA 1150
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
MSI A75MA-G55, AMD A6-3670, Chipset: A75, Socket FM1
6 x SATA 3Gb/s
MSI 790FX-GD70, AMD Phenom II X4 965, Chipset: AMD 790FX, Socket AM3
DDR3 Memory (Dual-Channel)
2 x 8 GB DDR3-1600 CL10-10-10-27, Corsair Vengance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
DDR3 Memory (Dual-Channel)2 x 8 GB DDR3-1866 CL10-11-10-30, G.Skill RipjawsX F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL
DDR3 Memory (Quad-Channel)4 x 4 GB Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
System SSDIntel X25-M G1 , 80 GB, Firmware 0701, SATA 3Gb/s
ControllerIntel PCH Z68 SATA 6Gb/s
Power SupplySeasonic X-760 760 W, SS-760KM Active PFC F3
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.16
PCMark 7 1.0.4
I/O PerformanceIometer 2006.07.27
File server Benchmark
Web server Benchmark
Database Benchmark
Workstation Benchmark
Streaming Reads
Streaming Writes
4 KB Random Reads
4 KB Random Writes
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro x64
AMD South BridgesAMD Chipset Drivers 13.4
Intel Z77 And Z87 Express
Intel RST 12.​5.​0.​1066
All otherWindows 8 integrated driver
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