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.
As you can see, all three motherboards were much more evenly matched, with the DFI pulling out all the stops having the best read and write speeds using the same hard drive. Interestingly the AMD boards used more CPU power than the Intel but this extra CPU consumption transpired into slightly better speeds on average.
Let's see how the boards perform in our multimedia and encoding benchmarks...
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