Vantec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI-e Host Card

Performance Test Platform

The hardware chosen was picked to reflect that of a relatively modern computer system that an enthusiast may own. The heat production of the system is an above-average repesentation of one of these computer systems. The configuration of the system is as follows:

  • Intel Core i7 920 overclocked to 3.5GHz (stock volts)
  • Thermalright Ultra-120 heatsink + 2x 120mm Yate Loon fans (using socket 1366 adapter)
  • Giga-byte GA-EX58 UD5 motherboard
  • Kingston 6GB (3x2GB) DDR-3 (2000MHz) memory kit
  • Asus Radeon 4870 512MB video card
  • SuperTalent Ultradrive ME 64GB SATA hard drive
  • Western Digital Black 640GB SATA hard drive
  • Liteon iHAS124B SATA DVD-writer

Our Windows 7 installation is configured to allow for the least possible amount of operating system overhead as possible. This includes turning off features and services such as:

  • Disabling all power saving modes, screen saver, and visual effects
  • Fax & Scanner Services
  • Hard Drive Indexing Service
  • System Restore
  • Windows DFS Replication Service
  • Windows Meeting Space
  • Windows Search
  • Windows Update