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SATA 6Gbps Implementation Investigated - ASUS vs. GIGABYTE P55 - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests

By: Chris Ramseyer | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Dec 24, 2009 5:14 am
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PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests


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PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.


FutureMark has developed a good set of hard disk tests for their PCMark Vantage Suite. These tests are based on real world applications that many of us use daily.




HDD1 - Windows Defender
HDD2 - Gaming
HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery
HDD4 - Vista Startup
HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker
HDD6 - Windows Media Center
HDD7 - Windows Media Player
HDD8 - Application Loading


Our Windows tests have the performance numbers all over the place. Let's get the GIGABYTE RAID 0 part knocked out first.


As you can see, there was no benefit at all to running RAID 0 with a pair of Barracuda XT drives on the Marvel SATA 6G controllers. Future updates in firmware will have a positive effect on this and we were told that a new firmware was available for testing, but it was not publically available at the time of writing.


The Barracuda XT tests in SATA 6G on both the ASUS and GIGABYTE motherboards gave us nearly identical performance numbers; so much for all of the marketing spin.


The real surprise on this set of benchmarks is the SATA 3G performance with the Barracuda XT. Clearly the Intel ICH is faster than the Marvel controller for real world Windows environments and in many cases by a large margin.


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