Thunderbolt , USB 3.0 and Direct SSD performance test

In this test, we connect the Kingston HyperX SSD to the board via direct SATA 6Gbps connection, USB 3.0 via Sunbeamteach USB 3.0 docking station and lastly via Thunderbolt using the Seagate Thunderbolt GoFlex adapter.

Below are the results using Thunderbolt (other screen shots refer to Gigabyte section of

From the data below, we can see that direct connection via SATA 6Gbps port is the preferred way of file transfer. Likewise eSATA should be similar in performance.

Next is Thunderbolt. Using the Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter, we are able to transfer way faster than before that is in comparison with USB 2.0/3.0. Although we are quite satisfied with the Thunderbolt result, the USB 3.0 using the VIA chipset does not seem to perform too well. It only achieve 108MB/s. Is there a compatibility issue somewhere between that slowed down the transfer.

SiSoft Read

SiSoft Write

Atto (Read/Write)

CrystalDiskMark (Read/Write)

Direct Connection to SSD

455.92 MB/s

100.64 MB/s

527 MB/s / 579 MB/s

454.3 MB/s / 173.1 MB/s


379 MB/s

161.87 MB/s

352 MB/s / 389 MB/s

355.7 MB/s / 173.3 MB/s

USB 3.0

108 MB/s

66.66 MB/s

119 MB/s / 118 MB/s

112.4 MB/s / 115.5 MB/s