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USB3.0 Controller Benchmarks

Last updated: 25/Feb/2013

With the release of our USB3.0 Loopback Plug, we wanted to test the performance of various USB 3.0 host controllers currently on the market. To do this, we carried out the following benchmark with a USB 3.0 flash drive and with our USB 3.0 loopback plug. Testing was done on some on board host controllers and a number of PCI-e USB 3.0 expansion cards.

* Motherboard USB3.0 Controller.

PCI-e Card Specifications

No. Ports PCI-e Ver PCI-e Lanes Driver on Website Power Controller Manufacturer
Silverstone SST-EC04-P22.01YesMolex 8981Renesas
Repotec RP-UB344EX*41.11NoNoneVLI
Astrotek CPEU3F211.11YesNoneFresco
Vantec UGT-PC3122Unknown1YesMolex 8981NEC
Turbo Leopard UP-312C 3.021YesMolex 8981Renesas

* Repotec card not test due to lack of availability of drivers.

PC Hardware Configuration

OS CPU USB3.0 Controller Manufacturer
Windows XP (32-bit)Intel E8400No USB 3.0
Windows 7 (64-bit)Intel i7-2600Asmedia
Windows 8 (64-bit)AMD E-350Renesas

Test Information

The flash drive test was done using PerformanceTest's advanced disk test with the following settings.

The loopback plug test was done with the USB3Test software using the following settings.

Observations

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