Gigabyte Z170X Designare Storage Benchmarks

This has quite a few storage options, so it’s only fair that we try to test against other motherboardsĀ that are similarly equipped. With enough SATA ports to allow for a small and workable RAID and other storage options to let you have a very fast workstation where the storage bottleneck will be lessened, somewhat. We’ll delve into each individual storage option and check out the transfer speeds of the external ports as well. We’re particularly excited about Thunderbolt 3, of course.

SATA

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Just as expected, the SATA controller, being Intel in origin, does well here. We see a small difference due to variances in testing. It’s perfectly capable, and quite fast for any SSD.

M.2

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The M.2 drive is the equal of anything in its class, fast and rather fun to play with. We see the slot pretty much saturate the PCIe 3.0 x4 lanes, reaching near its limit. It’s fast, and through several tests it remains the same.

U.2

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Now, U.2 has slightly higher bandwidth available to it, as we can see. Again, we’re reaching near the saturation point where it’s transferring as quickly as it can, which is quite impressive. It’s well within range of any of its competitors.

USB 3.0

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Moving on to the external connectors we see that the USB 3.0 controller, an Intel one of course, is capable of filling the port to capacity. It’s saturated quite well here too, and as fast as it’ll ever be. Which isn’t so bad with a proper external drive connected. 362MB/s read and 299MB/s write are quite good, and faster than all but the X99-Ultra Gaming, which has only slightly higher write speeds. The result is a good one, well within range of its competitors.

USB 3.1 Type C

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USB 3.1 Type C has the incredible ability to keep read and write speeds nearly the same, something to do with how the controller on the Samsung T3 seems to work. Regardless, we’re seeing incredible and very much expected speeds. It’s a quick little bugger.

Thunderbolt

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Thunderbolt 3 has had a very exciting introduction, bringing us an actual viable external graphics mechanism for our mobile workstations and also letting us connect a tremendous amount of peripherals that interact with your PC almost as if they’re internally connected. Here we’re using the USB 3.1 Type C connector, though connected with both a USB 3.1 connector and a Thunderbolt 3 connector (Thund3rbolt?). Regardless, it’s capable of some extreme speeds, as evidenced by connecting our AKiTiO Thunder3 device with an Intel 750 SSD inside. Compared to using M.2, write speeds are slightly lower, though still faster than you’ll ever notice anyway. At least for anything you’ll do on a consumer product. We didn’t test tons of devices daisy-chained together (we don’t have that many), but that might end up being a standard test in the future once we acquire and collect more devices.