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Sapphire and ECS X79 Motherboard Review

BluePanda    -   September 3, 2012
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Testing:

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.

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Finally! The Sapphire board decided to show up and knocks the pants off the ECS board in the USB 3.0 test. The controller on the Sapphire board is clearly superior to that of the ECS board. Speeds in read and write were significantly faster in almost every access size. Only in one situation is the ECS board "better" but likely only due to the fact that the boards are so similar at the small sample size the "win" is within sampling error. Overall the Sapphire board takes the win on this one. As the bclock is increased during overclocking the performance increases to a point then degrades as seen in the overclocking results.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: ECS X79R-AX Black Deluxe
  3. Closer Look: Sapphire Pure Black X79N
  4. Closer Look: Utilities
  5. Closer Look: ECS BIOS
  6. Closer Look: Sapphire BIOS
  7. Specifications and Features: ECS
  8. Specifications and Features: Sapphire
  9. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  10. Testing: PCM7
  11. Testing: HD Tune (5.0), AIDA64 2.20
  12. Testing: Sandra, X264, Handbrake
  13. Testing: USB 3.0
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11, DiRT 3, BF3
  15. Conclusion
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