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I just enabled the USB 3.0 port in my GA-P55A-UD3P motherboard. I recently bought a Buffalo 3.5" Drivestation 1TB USB3.0/2.0 (HD-LBU3) external storage.

How do I know if it is already running at USB 3.0 speed?

I'm currently using HD Tune Pro 4.6 Pro

So far, i'm running the Benchmark Test...

Minimum: 115.6 MB/s
Maximum: 121.8 MB/s
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post #2 of 12
Your benchmark test results mean it's working fine if that's the speed you get from a usb3.0 port (about the same area as me). If you plug your drive into a regular usb2.0 port, the max speed you would see is around 30MB/s.
    
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Yeah with usb I found I only ever got half the theoretical max at the best of times, usb 3.0 is likely the same. I got pretty much the same numbers when I plugged in my vertex 3 240gb into an hdd usb 3 bay.
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post #4 of 12
Also, the bottleneck is probably the HDD and not USB3.0.
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Also, the bottleneck is probably the HDD and not USB3.0.
Yup. Any HDD will be bottlenecked by the buffer-to-disk long before it gets slowed down by the connector.
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post #6 of 12
How much to external USB3 drives cost? I might look into getting one for backup stuff or something.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by BenRK View Post
How much to external USB3 drives cost? I might look into getting one for backup stuff or something.

Your motherboard also supports eSATA and those might be cheaper.
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post #8 of 12
True, just considering options at the moment.

Edit: However, a quick look through Newegg looking at sizes I want, that's not the case.
post #9 of 12
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How much to external USB3 drives cost? I might look into getting one for backup stuff or something.
They are rather cheap, I got my 2.5" usb 3.0 1TB WD for $100 last Christmas.
post #10 of 12
Yeah. The 2TB ones aren't that much more surprisingly enough. The eSATA ones are VERY expensive for some reason.
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