SATA, M.2 and USB Performance
To test the storage performance in our motherboard reviews we use AIDA’s Disk Benchmark utility built into their AIDA64 Engineer Edition software package and run linear read and write tests. We run each of the benchmark tests on a SATA III, USB 3.0 and M.2 device. For SATA III testing we use a Patriot WildFire 120GB SATA III SSD, for USB 3.0 testing we use the Kingston Hyper X 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive and for M.2 testing we use Plextor’s 256GB M.2 M6e SSD. The drives are always formatted before use.
The SATA and USB results in read and write are all within margin of error based on the maximum performance of the tested drives. In short the A88X platform will not limit your storage performance….unless you were hoping for an M.2 drive! Of course you could run something like Plextor’s M6E which uses an M.2 drive sandwiched onto a PCIe add-in card.