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.

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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 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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