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.

EVGA's NVIDIA nForce 680i Chipset for the Intel Platform - Chipsets 126

EVGA's NVIDIA nForce 680i Chipset for the Intel Platform - Chipsets 127

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.

EVGA's NVIDIA nForce 680i Chipset for the Intel Platform - Chipsets 128

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.

EVGA's NVIDIA nForce 680i Chipset for the Intel Platform - Chipsets 129

SATA performance is very good on the 680i (despite the odd write scores that the Intel boards show) as are the USB and Firewire results. 

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