Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 LGA 2011 Motherboard Review - Storage Testing

Storage Testing

For the storage tests, we ran our Secondary SSD, a Patriot Pyro SE 60GB through three separate benchmarks, AS SSD, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark.  For the USB tests, CrystalDiskMark was used to measure the transfer speed of our Seagate GoFlex Desktop 2.0TB USB 3.0 hard drive.


SATA Testing




One thing is quickly apparent, the Marvell SATA controllers which add an additional four 6GB/s SATA ports do not perform nearly as well as those on the PCH, yielding read performance about halfway in between the 6GB/s and 3GB/s connections.  The write speeds of the Marvell controller was also roughly equivalent to that of the 3GB/s SATA ports.  Overall, across all of the benchmarks, the ASUS P9X79 and the Gigabyte-X79-UD3 trade blows in SATA performance, as the X79-UD3 is slightly better than the P9X79 in 6GB/s tests, while the P9X79 edges Gigabyte's counterpart in the 3GB/s tests.  The Marvell controller on the P9X79 Deluxe is also more geared towards better read speeds, and the write speeds lag.


 USB Tests


We see a definitive advantage in favor of the Gigabyte X79-UD3 in the USB 2.0 tests.  The USB 3.0 tests were pleasing, with triple the speed being seen over USB 2.0.  The USB 3.0 performance on the P9X79 slightly edges out the X79-UD3, but not by a significant amount, and are essentially the same.  Both of these USB 3.0 tests are based upon their respective "boosted" performance.

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# nikos 2013-08-19 06:26
Hi I have this motherboard and I have some questions.
1. Lets consider that the top edge of the motherboard is the edge close to cpu socket, and the left edge of mobo is the back panel of desktop. Then, in the top-right position of motherboard, we can see headings with 3 pins but ther is no label on it. These pins are not headings for chassis fans. What are those pins?
2. what is the bios version installed by default in this motherboard?