Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 Review (Page 10 of 12)

Page 10 - Benchmark: EVEREST Memory Latency, HDTach

EVEREST Memory Latency

For more information on EVEREST, please read the description on Page 9 of this article.

About HDTach

HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. Test results from HD Tach can be used to confirm manufacturer specs, analyze your system for proper performance, and compare your performance with others. HD Tach is very easy to use, quick, and presents data in easy to read graphs, including the ability to compare two storage devices on screen at the same time for easy analysis.

From: Developer's Site

The Gigabyte SATA2 chip is the same used with the Gigabyte X48T-DQ6, so it's not surprising that it obtains virtually the same benchmark results as its bigger brother. The obtained speed was excellent -- our Western Digital Caviar 80GB drive pulled an average read speed of almost 49.6MB/s and burst at 76.7MB/s. Generally speaking, the PATA performance is very good on this board.

We didn't publish a new HDTach benchmark chart for SATA2 performance, because like the Intel X38 based Asus P5E3-Deluxe, Intel P35 based Asus P5K-Deluxe and P5K3-Deluxe, Intel X48 based Gigabyte X48T-DQ6, the EP45-DQ6 uses a standard Intel ICH-series Southbridge that offers identical performance numbers (ICH7/8/9/10). As far as storage controller goes, we've ran a long Bench has been run to analyze the SATA2 performance on the Gigabyte X48T-DQ6. The drive used in our test is a Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA2 hard drive with 16MB cache built on perpendicular recording technology.

Unsurprisingly, the performance difference between the previous generation up to ICH7-series Southbridges we've previously tested are virtually non-existent. Performance is still very good -- our Seagate 7200.10 drive maxed out on a burst of 254MB/s and had an average read speed throughout the drive at 64.6MB/s.

A Full Bench has been run to analyze USB performance. The drive used is a flash drive that we have with the fastest read speed -- and that's the OCZ Rally2 Turbo 4GB we've recently reviewed.

Again, USB performance was very good -- but unsurprising as far as USB performance goes. The performance is consistent amongst all boards with Intel's ICH10R Southbridge as on the Gigabyte EP45-DQ6; in which we are quite pleased with already regardless. The score is a virtual tie with every other ICH7/8/9/10 boards.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Features, and Specifications
2. Bundle, Chipset, BIOS
3. A Closer Look, Board Layout
4. Test System; Benchmark: 3DMark06
5. Benchmark: PCMark05
6. Benchmark: Cinebench R10, SuperPI 1M
7. Benchmark: EVEREST CPU
8. Benchmark: EVEREST FPU
9. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory
10. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory Latency, HDTach
11. Onboard Sound (RMAA 6.06) Analyzation
12. Overclocking and Conclusion