Asus M4A89TD PRO
Memory & Hard Disk Drive Performance
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC.
With DDR3-1600, both AM3 motherboards yielded results around the 13GB/sec ballpark, with the M4A89TD PRO boasting a noticeable lead.
Everest Ultimate Edition's memory testing suite determines the performance of your memory and your system's memory controller. Both Read and Write operations are tested.
Do note that you shouldn't directly compare Everest Memory Bandwidth results with SiSoft Sandra results as the tests are performed very differently. Once again these figures are essentially as expected.
Hard Disk Performance
HDTune analyses the performance and health of your Hard Disk Drive. It's comprehensive test will determine minimum, maximum and average transfer rates.
Given that both motherboards are outfitted with the same SB850 storage controller, it came to no surprise that the two results were nigh on identical. It should also be mentioned that these results are no better than those exhibited on a SATA II (3.0Gbps) controller, showing quite clearly that only certain Hard Disk Drive configurations will take full advantage of the available bandwidth.