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You didn't think this was just going to be show and tell today did ya? There really isn't anything else on the market like the ioSafe products, so we are going to jump right in and compare the first generation with the second generation. In doing so, we'll be able to tell if our eSATA connection limits the speed of the SoloPRO or if it allows the drive to perform at its maximum speed. I'll guide you through that when we get there.
For eSATA we used our GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 onboard eSATA connector located at the back of the motherboard in the I/O plane. IF you want the absolute highest eSATA performance you will want to invest in a SATA to eSATA adapter. The latter setup will even outpace USB 3.0 implementations that are on the market at this time. USB 3.0 is currently limited to around 200MB/s on most motherboard designs. Next year that will raise to the full 5Gb/s; roughly 500MB/s after overhead.
ATTO Baseline Performance
Version and / or Patch Used: 2.34
ATTO is used by many disk manufacturers to determine the read and write speeds that will be presented to customers.
Using ATTO we see that the ioSafe SoloPRO managed to achieve over 130MB/s read speed and very close to 128MB/s write speed. These speeds may have been higher if an adapter running off of the Intel ICH was used.