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Portable Performance: Four USB 3.0 Enclosures For Your 2.5” Drive

Benchmark Results

With the same ASMedia ASM1051 bridge used in all four samples, we’d only expect to see a large performance difference if one of the companies messed up its design. Fortunately, none did.

Unfortunately, the ASM1051 appears to be limited to SATA 3Gb/s performance, providing a modest 195 MB/s peak transfer rate with our SATA 6Gb/s SSD. The Crucial RealSSD C300 has already proven itself capable of exceeding 300 MB/s under ideal conditions and has even reached 266 MB/s in our earlier AMD SB850 SATA controller review.

  • I know this isn't relevant, but what is in the pcie1 slot?
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  • Gin Fushicho
    You guys are really benching cases? I figured they'd all be close to the same anyway.
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  • Crashman
    SubSonix1I know this isn't relevant, but what is in the pcie1 slot?
    Nothing, the slot is covered by an extended chipset heat sink.
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  • TomD_1
    So basically, they all have identical hardware, and IMO all look ugly
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  • Crashman
    TomD_1So basically, they all have identical hardware, and IMO all look ugly
    You forgot to mention they all fit in a shirt pocket. That is the most important part.
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  • thejerk
    Scraping the bottom of the barrel for non-iPad news?
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  • warmon6
    thejerkScraping the bottom of the barrel for non-iPad news?
    Um.... few things,

    1. They haven't been just covering the ipad. They been covering alot of other things.

    2. This isn't news. This is a review. Learn the difference.
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  • kelfen
    if ya think about it this is more cost effective per GB to buy one of these and a hard drive then buying a usb drive
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  • Good... so I can share my pirated movies more faster?( sarcasm )
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  • rooket
    What's the performance like if you use it with a hard drive? Just same as usb 2.0 I'd imagine? Odd that they're only hitting 35MB/sec with USB 2.0. It should go 60MB/sec. Why is this only half the speed?
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