HDTach is a free hard disk benchmarking program from SimpliSoftware. This benchmark is not only capable of producing results on hard disk access times but also CPU usage required during disk access. The "Long bench" was run a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being omitted and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.
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. Each of the benchmarks below were run a total of five times with the highest and lowest scores being discarded and an average being calculated from the remaining three.
The Evo's hard disk controller is certainly cause for debate but the results above do not show anything of immediate concern. Sadly, I didn't have the means to test the validity of the problems that have been reportedly encountered with the new controller but the results above show that, apart from being a tiny bit slower in the read department, the Marvel controller is working as it should, at least when compared to the ICH10R and 790FX chipsets.
Let's see how the motherboard performs with our multimedia benchmark suite...
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