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ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review

A very important part of overall system responsiveness is down to hard drive performance. We use two of our favourite benchmark utilities Crystalmark X64 Edition and HD Tach to rate the SSD and HDD.


Incredible performance from the OCZ Vertex 3, dominating this test, even with small uncompressed files.

I have been using HDTach for many years now and always find it is an invaluable benchmark to ascertain potential levels of performance. HD Tach is a low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, removable drives (ZIP/JAZZ), flash devices, and RAID arrays. HD Tach uses custom device drivers and other low level Windows interfaces to bypass as many layers of software as possible and get close to the physical performance of the device.

HD Tach measures an average speed of over 376MB/s which is impressive and the joint highest score yet from a single drive with this specific benchmark.

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