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 the USB and FireWire connections. 

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.

Alienware Aurora 7500 System Review: FX-62 and 7950 GX2 - Systems 80

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.

Alienware Aurora 7500 System Review: FX-62 and 7950 GX2 - Systems 81

The USB performance on the Alienware Aurora 7500 using the NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI chipset is better than that used on our DIY FX-62 system, though the FireWire results are slightly faster on the opposing system.  Both configurations are top notch for accessory performance though.

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