The TSSDR Z790 Core i9-13900K Test Bench Comes Alive with First PCIe 5.0 SSD Speed Testing

It has been some time since we have posted a Test Bench build so we thought we would start the new year off right by introducing the world to our latest and greatest Intel based Test Bench. As much as we hoped this might be our introduction to Gen 5 SSDs and the incredible speed they provide, timing was just a bit off and our actual first Gen 5 review was completed on our TSSDR Z90 Test Bench and posted a few days back. For those that follow TSSDR, we promise that all will be no less than impressed with our build in this report…. and we couldn’t resist but to throw in and discuss Gen 5 SSD speed results as well.

Builds as such wouldn’t be possible without the help and sponsorship of many and we thank Intel and Corsair for jumping in to assist with this project. While Intel offered both 13th Generation Core i9/i5-13900K CPUs for our testing, Corsair remained dedicated to whole bench coverage by sending along a 5000D chassis, HX1000i power supply, 32GB of DDR5-5600 Dominator Platinum RGB memory, iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Liquid CPU Cooler, K70 RGB Pro Optical Gaming Keyboard, and a M65 RGB Elite White Gaming Mouse.

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We will also be using external storage extensively with this system and making the best of USB 3.2 2×2 with SanDisk’s Pro-Blade Transport, as well as Thunderbolt 3/4 with the Sabrent 8TB ThunderBolt 3 Dual NVMe Docking Station as shown in our build stack below.

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This system is based on the ASUS Maximus Z790 Hero PCIe 5.0 motherboard along with our ZOTAC Gaming White Trinity RTX 3080 graphics card. Given respect to our business needs, we have replaced the Corsair DDR5-5600 memory shown in this photo with our Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5-5200 described in our previous Bench as it is double the size at 64GB and provides better performance throughout testing.

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As we work through the components, clicking on the title of each will bring you directly to its Amazon sale link in order to do a price check.  It’s us versus the world!  Let’s start with our updated Passmark Rating that has us stable at over 6000MHz for the first time ever!

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This is the highest Passmark Rating we have ever had in a PC with all components coming in at the 98th percentile of systems tested to date or better. Turn the page and let’s check out some great equipment and metrics.

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