October 24, 2017 // 2:30 p.m.
The motherboard in our SSD test system is the Asus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha. As well as a slew of full speed SATA 6Gbps ports, this motherboard supports U.2 SSDs, full-length (22110) PCIe x4 and SATA M.2 SSDs, as well as, of course, drives that connect directly to PCIe expansion slots. This means we can test all manner of PCIe storage devices without bandwidth restrictions.
The CPU is overclocked to 4.5GHz (45 x 100MHz) with a vcore of 1.28V, and it's paired with 16GB (4 x 4GB) of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 clocked at 3,000MHz. All CPU power saving features are disabled, and the system is ran in the High Performance power mode, ensuring that storage devices are always operating at peak performance.