ACHIEVING 6.1GB/S TRANSFER SPEEDS
As a review resource, we have been fortunate to have had eight HGST SSD800mm 400GB SAS 12Gbps SSDs in our hands since even before the release of 12Gbps SAS drives.
Checking out AS SSD with a single drive, we can see that we are getting even better performance through a single drive, than we did with the Z87 Extreme11 test results:
We would have like to see throughput up around the 6GB/s mark, as well as IOPS above 500K. Regardless, we can remember a point in time when one could never have imagined these type of speeds being pushed through a consumer motherboard.
Relying on IOMeter, we can see that throughput scales much as expected, providing even better performance than we had seen previously. Testing is set up with 8 workers, a 20GB file size, 64QD and normal cycling to run all selected targets for all workers.
Although our throughput was a bit higher than our previous testing on the Z87 Extreme11, IOPS tested dropped just a bit, however, is still a respectable 600+K
If you take a close look at this picture of the system with the HGST 12Gbps SAS drives, you just might note that we have doubled up on the EVGA 770 GTX graphics card and pushed both into a x16/x16 SLI solution. As well, one cannot see the Intel P3700 NVMe SSD or both of the Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe X4 SSDs. My original intention was simply to start playing with SLI to improve the 3D Mark results that we saw earlier, but I couldn’t help but try to push PCIe just a biot. Considering that both GFX cards are also teamed up with the PLX PEX chips, this was pretty much a self-defeating effort; the system runs without skipping a beat.
As for PCMark 3D Mark, we saw our tests jump two levels higher from Sky Diver to Fire Strike Extreme, and even then, we were still tested with higher marks than 97% of systems tested and scores submitted.