System Configuration and Performance Testing
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-SLI Motherboard
- Intel Core i7 6700K Processor
- Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz
- PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card
- Crucial M550 256GB Solid State Drive
Testing Operating System
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
- ATTO Disk Benchmark
- CrystalDiskMark 3.0
- AS SSD
- SiSoft Sandra
Our test Crucial M550 256GB solid state drive aligned perfectly, as did a spare hard drive we had on site.
Testing started with USB 3.0 performance. The Crucial M550 256GB Solid State Drive is quite a fast SSD. Its performance exceeds what USB 3.0 can deliver, so the test drive will not bottleneck any of the test scores.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
“As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”
This is almost a dead match for most of the other Z97 motherboard we have tested.
“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.”
There does not seem to be any issues with SATA performance here.
“Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD’s access time.
Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive’s behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data’s compressibility.”
“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”