SATA, USB and FireWire Speeds

Using HDTach 3.0.1.0 and a few handy peripherals, we were able to get some benchmark numbers off of both the SATA controllers on the boards as well as the USB and FireWire connections. 

SATA Performance — South Bridge

Here we tested the two south bridge based SATA controllers.  We used a new Raptor 150 GB 10k RPM hard drive for the test drive.

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USB Performance

Taking a 7200 RPM IDE external hard drive from Western Digital we use HDTach to find the top transfer speeds on both motherboards.

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FireWire Performance

This external drive has both USB 2.0 and FireWire support so these results are from the same drive with the FireWire connection.

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The storage performance on the SATA connections of the nForce 590 SLI chipset is very good as shown in our HDTach results.  The USB and FireWire results are a bit lower than the other top boards we have tested here and I was honestly expecting a bit more from this particular motherboard.  But in all, the results are pretty good and you’d be hard pressed to notice these performance differences in your actual usage patterns.

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