Test Settings And Hardware
|Test System Configuration|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-870 (2.93 GHz, 8.0MB Cache)|
|CPU Cooler||Thermalright MUX-120|
|RAM||Kingston KHX2133C9D3T1K2/4GX (4.0GB) DDR3-2133 at DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24|
|Graphics||XFX GeForce GTX 285 XXX Edition 670 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2500|
|OS Hard Drive||Western Digital Velociraptor WD3000HLFS, 300GB 10,000 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB cache|
|Test Drive||Seagate 7200.12 ST3500418AS, 500GB 7,200 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB cache|
|USB 3.0 Adapter||ASMedia ASM1051 USB 3.0 to SATA 3 Gb/s|
|Sound||Integrated HD Audio|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking|
|Power||Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850W Modular ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce 190.62 WHQL|
|Chipset||Intel INF 220.127.116.114|
|h2benchw 3.13||Sequential and Sustained Reads, Writes (KB/s) Interface Bandwidth (MB/s), Access Times (ms)|
|IOMeter 2006.07.27||Streaming Reads/Writes patterns (MB/s) Database, File Server, Web Server, Workstation Patterns (IOPS)|
Asus supplied the test drive for today’s benchmarks. A modified Vantec enclosure holds Seagate’s 7200.12 500GB drive and ASMedia’s new ASM1051 SATA-to-USB 3.0 adapter.
We have reservations concerning the use of such a mainstream drive to test an interface that is supposed to support 5.0 Gb/s transfers, yet even the USB 3.0 interface adapter is bandwidth-limited by its SATA 3.0 Gb/s backend. We hope faster devices will show up next year.
The NEC D720200F1 PCIe-to-USB 3.0 controller is common to both motherboards, shown below on the P7P55D-E Premium.
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Great review. This waiting game sucks.Reply
Wow, transferring your por..... programs should be a lot faster now.Reply
This seems a bit dated, my two week old ASUS P6X58D Premium has Sata 6.0 and USB 3.0!Reply
Obviously waiting for a bit more mature drivers and more hardware...
Can't wait for it all to be standard.Reply
Pitty they'll only be available at the back for now....but good news neverthelessReply
BAH.... Im waiting for an X58 with USB.3.0 AND 16x 16x SLI. I would not want to sacrifice the other slot for a 8x config....Reply
liquidsnake718BAH.... Im waiting for an X58 with USB.3.0 AND 16x 16x SLI. I would not want to sacrifice the other slot for a 8x config....Reply
Uh, d00d, 1366 CPU has 36 2.0 lanes, don't those X58 boards use the leftover four for USB3 and SATA6? I mean, c'mon, 16+16+4=36
I've been waiting to see how USB 3 performs. However, if you may it's better to test the CPU utilization comparison between all connectors as well. Still, thanks for the great review. b^^dReply
Honestly, with USB 3.0, I don't see any reason at all for eSATA anymore.Reply
I just want a 80GB Intel x18-m with a USB 3.0 port. Who the hell wants a slow 64GB flash drive?
I wish we could agree on a stanard already. I like USB, so let's just scrap IDE, SATA, eSATA, PCI (not PCIe), analog audio cables completely already. Well, that or miniDisplayPort.
Thanks for explaining how USB 3.0 fits into the grand scheme of things.Reply