8 PCIe & SATA M.2 SSDs Test ASRock’s Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD MotherBoard

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.6

Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data.  AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the ‘worst case scenario’ in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs.

AS SSD BenchMark Chart

AS SSD is the bread and butter of SSD testing and it doesn’t take long to show the true colors of AMD storage performance.

Crucial M500 512GB SATA M.2 SSD in ASRock FX990 Killer Mobo

Even more surprising is the fact that both PCIe SSDs didn’t get much better Total Score performance from AS SSD.  Let’s take a look at IOPS…

AS SSD IOPS Chart

Once again, there is not much to be surprised about with respect to IOPS, although it is good to see the Samsung XP941 break the 100K mark.

MyDigitalSSD SC2 128GB SATA M.2 SSD in ASRock FX990 Killer Mobo

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time-consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

Our first chart provides the test results for each of the eith PCMark tests in MB/s, followed on the next page by the Total Score result.

Vantage Test Scores

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Rod Bland
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Rod Bland

awesome review Les – can you confirm that you were able to boot the Samsung XP941 in this motherboard? It looks like that IS what you did, but just wanted to be sure….

Les@TheSSDReview
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The XP941 will format and work correctly but will not be recignized and boot within the UEFI. The Plextor M6e PCIe 256GB SSD that we have will. We are wondering if the difficulty with the Samsung is that it is a X4 SSD Downgrading to X2.

Arnoldo Giovani
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Arnoldo Giovani

Maybe with BIOS update in the future it can. 🙂

Les@TheSSDReview
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Accomplished.

askeria ASK
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askeria ASK

or german review ?

Les@TheSSDReview
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I am sorry but I don’t quite understand.

Carl Forks
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Carl Forks

Hope to see PCIe X4 M.2 on the upcoming Intel chipset series 9!

Les@TheSSDReview
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Hmmm….might make sense when you think of relationships…

Rafael Moraos
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Rafael Moraos

Could I put 5 r9 cards ? How much watts is needed ?

Rod Bland
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Rod Bland

It’s interesting that the Samsung XP941 PCIe x4 SSD worked in this motherboard, despite the M.2 socket only supporting PCIe x2. We’ve had zero success with installing the XP941 in the ASUS Maximus VI Impact mobo, which also has dual support for PCIe x2 M.2 / SATA M.2. I wonder what they’ve done different in the Asrock board that they haven’t in the ASUS board?

Les@TheSSDReview
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The implementation used in this first ASUS release is poor and will only support a single lane, not a four lane design such as the XP941….and then also, not as a boot device. The 990FX Killer, on the other hand, will support the XP941 and as a bootable drive, whereas initially it would not. We worked with ASRock to achieve such.