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Does The USB 3.0 Controller On Your Motherboard Matter?

Test Setup And Benchmarks

Test Hardware
ProcessorAMD A8-3800 (Llano) 2.4 GHz (24 * 100 MHz) CPU, 600 MHz GPU (400 Shaders), Quad-core, Socket FM1, 4 MB L2 Cache, Power-savings enabled
MotherboardAsus F1A75-V Pro, BIOS v1102Gigabyte A75-UD4H, BIOS vF6
MemoryKingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System DriveOCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06
GraphicsPalit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power SupplySeasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectXDirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 275.33 RST: 10.5.0.1022Virtu: 1.1.101Asmedia: 1.10.0.0Etron:105A75: 8.863
Benchmarks
Iometerv1.1.0

Since Kingston’s HyperX Max 3.0 got high marks in our previous USB 3.0 roundup, we’re using four of them to simultaneously tax the bandwidth of each controller as much as possible (obviously we can only connect up to two drives to each controller, so the four SSDs have to be deployed across a combination of ports to tax the various controllers). This should provide a worst-case scenario, since solid-state-based USB 3.0 storage solutions deliver much more potential throughput than the conventional external drives out there.

The USB 2.0 and 3.0 standards do not include support for native command queuing, so we’re only testing at a queue depth of one.