M.2 PCIe Performance
We test M.2 PCIe performance using an Aorus PCIe Gen 4 2TB SSD. This SSD uses a Phison-based PCIe Gen 4 controller.
The usual 5GBps transfer speed was achieved on the cooled and PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD connection. Of course, any M.2 SSD installed in the chipset-connected slot will be limited to PCIe Gen 3 x4 bandwidth and any CPU-to-chipset link speed restrictions.
Thermal performance from ASRock’s thin metal strip heatsink was adequate with our back-to-back write-intensive benchmarks.
SATA 6Gbps Performance
For SATA 6Gbps testing we use a Crucial MX300 750GB SSD.
SATA 6Gbps performance from the B550 chipset ports is as expected.
Rightmark Audio Analyser is a freeware benchmarking utility designed to objectively test the performance characteristics of audio solutions. We setup a line-in line-out loop and execute the record/playback test before generating the results report you see below. A sampling mode of 24-bit, 192 kHz was tested.
Built around the Realtek ALC1220 codec, Rightmark Audio Analyser scored the ASRock motherboard’s system as ‘Very Good’ overall.