ASUS M2A-VM HDMI 690G Motherboard
HDTach 3.0 and SANDRA XI - File System Testing
In our next round of tests, we targeted drive performance to highlight the efficiency at which each chipset handles data flow to and from the hard drives. To do this, we used HDTach 3.0 and SANDRA XI's File System Test. As with the LAME MT and Cinebench testing, the tests were run with integrated and discrete graphics and no major differences were noted, so discrete graphics results were not included.
Using HDTach 3.0, we opted to run the Long Bench on the boot drive which utilizes 32MB Zones. Both Average Read and Burst Speeds were recorded.
While the three comparison boards all performed similarly, we saw a drop in average reads with the M2A-VM HDMI. The cause is unclear why we saw a near 8MB/s drop compared to the MSI K9AGM2, but we'll wait until we get some real world testing under our belt before we consider this to be a major problem.
In this test, the M2A-VM HDMI didn't repeat its average read performance as seen in HDTach 3.0. In this case, Random Access was a touch slower than the other three models tested, although the Drive Index was consistent across all boards tested.