Two days ago, we posted a story about the performance of Thunderbolt vs USB 3 on the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard. The results are shown here. Today, we retested it using a Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD. Below are the results :

It is able to achieve a sequential read and write of 355.7MB/s and 173.3MB/s respectively. As we can see, the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD based on the SandForce controller is one of the better choices for SSD.

From the results, we can see that the performance is still a 150MB/s slower than using the drive on a SATA 6Gbps SATA port. Nevertheless, the performance is quite impressive considering that the test platform’s BIOS are still at it’s early stages.

If the drive is plugged direct to the SATA 6Gbps port, the drive is able to achieve sequential read of 454 MB/s and write at 173 MB/s.


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