Storage Test Results
50MB Test Set
The results here are typical of what we see for the devices in question as well as motherboards utilizing this type of CPU and PCH. The AHCI configuration achieved a result of 609MB/s while in RAID mode, the same drives achieve a result of 444MB/s. RAID 0 doesn’t really help here which is why it performs worse with this data set. USB 3.x achieved a result of 310MB/s while USB 2.0 came in at 38MB/s which as I said before was expected.
Once again, we see typical results for this platform. All of the devices perform in their expected ranges with no abnormalities. In this test, the RAID 0 configuration achieves better performance than the standalone AHCI configuration with 297MB/s compared to 121MB/s. USB 3.x and 2.0 results were 87MB/s and 38MB/s respectively.
100MB Test Set
In the 100MB test set, we see results that are once again within expected ranges. We saw a result of 581MB/s for the RAID 0 test and 125MB/s for the AHCI configuration. USB 3.x and 2.0 achieved results of 303MB/s and 38MB/s.
Lastly, in the 100MB write test, we once again see typical results. These are obviously not really tests designed to measure specific speeds on a given board, but rather to ensure that everything works as intended. We see a result of 295MB/s in the RAID 0 test and 126MB/s in the standalone AHCI test. USB 2.0 and 3.x came in at 37MB/s and 89MB/s respectively.
NVMe Drive Testing
NVMe drive testing is a little bit different than other drive types as it has very little to do with the bus provided the proper amount of PCIe lanes are available. Actual performance is determined almost entirely by the device itself. Still, the testing accomplishes the goal of ensuring that the motherboard works properly.
As we can see, the PCIe gen 4.0 interface allows the test drive to achieve outstanding write speeds. The read speeds are actually slower than some of the ones I’ve seen with PCIe 3.0 based Samsung drives like the 970 EVO NVMe. In any case, the results are excellent and there were no problems encountered during testing. The MSI MEG X570 Unify does not support M.2 NVMe RAID. Therefore, we obviously don’t have numbers for that.