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.
No surprises here then given that overclocking a CPU will hardly effect the SATA controller.Looking at the results above, it is clear that the P55-GD80 is easily on a par with the higher spec X58 chipset.
Let's see how the motherboard performs with our multimedia benchmark suite...
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