Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WiFi Reviewccokeman -
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Moving data to and from an external device is something we all do as a means of backing up sensitive data whether it is family pictures, movies, music, or projects. The speed with which this transfer occurs is measurable and can improve with different board partner specific tools. I will be using ATTO version 2.47 to measure an external drives read/write performance through the USB 3.0 interface. The default test algorithm is used for this test. Motherboards that support a boost to the USB spec such as USB 3.0 Boost on the ASUS offering and XFast USB on the Asrock will be used as they show the maximum potential speeds.
When compared to motherboards that have the ability to boost USB 3.0 performance with included utilities, the Z77X-UD5H WiFi performs at a level that is greater than 25% slower than the comparison boards. When compared apples to apples the results are going to show that the tested hardware is going to be within a couple point margin. However, when you can transfer data faster to an external drive you save time and add value.