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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.27.08]
Manufactured by: Universal Abit


SATA Performance

SATA performance, in theory, should depend entirely on the chipset being used. After all, if two boards are using the same Southbridge, then performance should be identical.

In 9 cases out of 10, that is exactly what we see. Still, we have to take a look at every board we come across, to make sure that it works as expected. There have been a few cases where boards perform lower than they should, and it is often a design flaw. Also, the IP35 Pro has a 3rd party SATA controller that should be evaluated.

We tested using a Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM hard drive. This drive is starting to show its age now, and is unable to saturate the SATA-II bus of modern motherboards. We'll be looking at improving our hardware situation in the very near future.

Interestingly, the JMicron JMB363 controller on the IP35 Pro outperforms the Intel ICH9R Southbridge in almost every regard. We'd definitely have to take a closer look to make a definitive statement on this however; data transfer speeds aren't everything after all.

Keep in mind that the JMB363 is only used for the eSATA ports on the IP35 Pro.

Speaking of the JMB363, let's see how it performs with a pATA drive (we used a 7200 RPM Maxtor 60GB).

The ATA results are hardly exciting. Still, it's encouraging to see that this bus performs as one would expect.

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