Platform / Motherboard Benchmarks
SiSoft Sandra and Atto disk benchmark allow us to see how a system performs in a set of synthetic tests which ensure repeatable comparisons across a wide range of products.
In a motherboard review it is probably this set of tests which is of most importance as the various implementations of memory, SATA, PCIe and USB differ between every board and can make or break a product.
Looking first at CPU performance the Intel, MSI and ASUS boards manage to perform a little above the ASRock and ECS. Memory performance changes that order though with the Intel board offering the best bandwidth with ECS in second place.
Moving to SATA 3 performance initially it looks like the Z77 boards are hitting the limit for our drive, just edging out Z68 but then the Intel board comes along and squeezes a little extra read performance out of it. On writes the Intel board remains competitive but it is ASUS who edge ahead.
USB results show the ASRock board to perform best on writes, offering competitive read performance too, just behind ASUS. The ECS board though wouldn’t work with our OCZ Enyo SSD so has no result recorded, other USB 3.0 devices worked fine.
There were no compatibility problems on any of the boards with the latest OCZ Revodrive 3 X2 PCIe SSD which achieved fantastic performance on each of the Z77 boards, taking the unit to a level above the Z68. Leading the way on read performance were ASRock and ASUS who also did well on writes.