USB 3.0 and SATA 3

With Intel bundling more and more USB 3.0 and SATA 3 connections on the Z97 chipset benchmarking them is a little less important than previous chipsets because rarely do any of the manufactures need to use add on controllers for them. That said with the Impact we do get another chance to see just how cool Asus’s USB3.0 Boost is. Basically when you are using Asus’s software, assuming your device supports it, you can turn boost on. When running USB 3.0 boost I saw read speeds nearly as fast as the SATA read speeds. When running normal USB 3.0 you still see good numbers but they look a lot less impressive when sitting next to the USB 3.0 Boost numbers. As for SATA 3 performance, the Impact performed perfectly, well above a few of the full sized ATX boards even.

SATA3

Read Speed

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

459.2

Asus Z97-A

460.6

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

466.7

MSI B85M Gaming

466.5

MSI Z97M Gaming

433.5

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

442.1

Asus Maximus VII Impact

461.3

USB 3

Read Speed

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

279.0

Asus Z97-A

277.4

Asus Z97-A w/USB3 Boost

427.6

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

273.6

MSI B85M Gaming

273.9

MSI Z97M Gaming

275.4

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

276.2

Asus Maximus VII Impact

276.1

Asus Impact w/USB3 Boost

428.3

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35904 25 Nov 2014 06:29
Before Thanksgiving week gets in full swing I take a look at Asus's top of the line Mini-ITX Z97 motherboard. This is one of a few reviews of components going in a new project LAN build. Check it out!
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Myndmelt replied the topic: #35905 26 Nov 2014 04:39
Wow it looks like they have changed very little since the Maximus VI Impact which is what I have in my LAN box. The software and bios look more advanced. Also I really like the way that red hyperx looks on that board.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35907 26 Nov 2014 05:16
yeah this isn't a big change, just improvements on the original design along with the new Z97 chipset that is also only a small change from Z87 lol

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