Supermicro X11SAE Workstation (Intel C236) Motherboard Review

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Storage Performance


To test the storage performance in our motherboard reviews I use AIDA’s Disk Benchmark utility built into their AIDA64 Engineer Edition software package and run linear read and write tests.

We run the benchmark tests on the SATA III and USB 3.0 as well as any other storage options available. For SATA III testing, I’ll use a Toshiba HG6 512GB workstation SSD and for USB 3.0 an Angelbird SSD2go Pocket 512GB portable SSD. The PCIe capabilities are being tested by one of Intel’s amazing 750 series SSD 1.2TB PCIe drives.

SATA Performance

SATA is the somewhat traditional interface used by most drives. The Toshiba HG6 drive might not be the fastest, but it is a workstation drive and as such a good solution for a system build with a motherboard like this.

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Fix-Chart-Storage sata read

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Fix-Chart-Storage sata write

USB 3.0 Performance

The USB 3.0 platform is great for quick storage expansion as well as portable drives. It comes closer to an internal drive’s performance than the previous versions and is as such a viable option for backup too. I will be using the durable and highly portable Angelbird SSD2go Pocket for these tests.

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Chart-USB 30 read

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Chart-USB 30 write

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Chart-USB 31 read

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Chart-USB 31 write

NVMe PCIe Performance

NVMe is the next generation of drives and they eliminate the bottlenecks created by the by now old SATA standard. These drives are the future for now and I’ll be testing those capabilities with the Intel 750 SSD with 1.2GB capacity.

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Fix-Chart-Storage NVMe read

SuperMicro_X11SAE-Fix-Chart-Storage NVMe write

Article Index

  1. Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging
  2. A Closer Look & Layout Analysis
  3. The Test System and Test Software
  4. BIOS
  5. CPU Performance
  6. Memory Performance
  7. Storage Performance
  8. Network Performance
  9. Audio Performance
  10. System Performance
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Final Thoughts & Pricing
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