Asus Maximus II Formula Intel P45 Motherboard
In terms of storage performance between the boards, we threw on a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 TB SATA-II/300 hard disk with 32 MB of cache at these boards to see which could run it the fastest. The end result is that all the boards/chipsets averaged out at around 83 MB/s sustained transfer rate. Our Intel boards showed greatly enhanced Burst Transfer Rates, and the new ICH10R enabled P45 shows a terrific 175 MB/s burst transfer rate from this disk. CPU utilization also proved to be a bit lower with the Intel solutions, finally showing some significant improvements over ICH9R.