HD Tach has been around for a long time and is excellent when it comes to testing hard drive performance. It is also a very handy program when it comes to testing the controller used on particular motherboards. Tests such as Read, CPU Utilization and Burst are available at a click of the button and give you a good idea of how the hard drive can perform from system to system.
The ABIT system has a huge win here. Considering they are running on the same controller, the ABIT system really comes out a head when compared to the Soltek and Shuttle systems. Let's see if its speed carries over to its burst.
When it came to burst speeds the Shuttle ST61G4 comes out on top.
While the ABIT DigiDice did win in the average read speed, it was at the cost of more CPU utilization. When accessing the hard drive, the Shuttle system has the best score using only 2.3% of your processor.
Using a program called CD to MP3 Ripper (v1.50), we timed how long it would take to convert our retail copy of "50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'" from CDA to MP3 format using the bit rate size of 192kbit for the entire album. Obviously lower is better.
Thanks to the overall processor power the time it takes to rip a full CD from its original form to a 192Kbps MP3 is quite quick. Only a maximum of six seconds separate the units with the order being Soltek, ABIT and Shuttle.
Let's see what happens when we start some gaming.