There was a lot of hype surrounding out first article that put the ASUS and GIGABYTE SATA 6G boards to the test. ASUS made quite a bit of fuss over their SATA 6G being superior, but when it came down to it they chose the safe route and GIGABYTE took it upon themselves to be innovative with what tools they were allowed to use. Right from the start we liked the fact that GIGABYTE chooses to implement RAID on their boards and it really set them apart of the run of the mill standard solution used by ASUS.
During the first test we really liked the RAID, but when it came to the outcome the benchmark results made it seem like a lot of work for nothing. GIGABYTE thought the same and quickly went into action to find a way to allow end users to get the most out of their SATA 6G enabled products.
I am now completely impressed with the performance GIGABYTE was able to deliver with SATA 6G, but I am disappointed in the fact that it has not been released to the public yet. Hopefully in the coming days GIGABYTE will see that end users don't want to wait and will get the new firmware published quickly.
In my opinion I don't think there are going to be too many people rushing out to put two Seagate Barracuda XT drives in RAID 0, so this does give GIGABYTE a little bit of time to wrap up internal testing or whatever they are doing over there (besides getting the firmware on the site). This is going to change the first day Crucial releases their RealSSD C300, a solid state drive that is based on the Marvell SATA 6G controller. At that point all bets are off since desktop enthusiast users will be looking to purchase two smaller C300s and run them in RAID 0 on the only boards that provide onboard RAID 0, the GIGABYTE "A" class motherboards.