Memory & Hard Disk Performance

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.


HDTune analyses the performance and health of your Hard Disk Drive. It's comprehensive test will determine minimum, maximum and average transfer rates.

Everest Ultimate Edition's memory testing suite determines the performance of your memory and your system's memory controller. Both Read and Write operations are tested.

This is where things get a little interesting. The MSI H55M ED55 holds an enormous lead over the Asus P7H57D EVO motherboard in all memory tests. Those of whom who know their memory will most likely realise that this says more about the results from the previous Asus report, rather than the MSI. On the basis of our findings with other Dual Channel DDR3 platforms and generic lists of performance data, the MSI performs very much as expected while the Asus seemed to be having issues. It should be noted that like all modern processors, the Core i3 530 has it's own embedded memory controller, however we were unable to find any issues with our processor.

It should also be mentioned that the MSI H55M ED55 does not have a SATA6.0Gbps controller. Our testing has highlighted that today's mainstream hard disk drives do not benefit from the faster interface.

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