Accessory Port Layout and Performance
The left side, from back to front, features two USB 3.0 ports, a multi-function card reader, a third USB 3.0 port and 4 different audio ports (Mic-in, Headphone-out, Line-in and Line-out). The placement is towards the front of the system to allow for the exhaust vent.
The right side, from back to front, features the CD drive and two USB 2.0 ports.
The rear of the system also contains several connectivity options. From left to right, you'll find the HDMI port, eSATA port, VGA port, Ethernet port, power port and lock. I really like the placement of the power cord on the rear of the system as it keeps it out of the way.
HD Tune Pro
Version and / or Patch Used: 5.00
Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com
Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com
HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:
Benchmark: measures the performance
Info: shows detailed information
Health: checks the health status by using SMART
Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.
The iBUYPOWER Valkyrie's implementation of USB 2.0 appears to be pretty good. We're seeing an average of 30.5MB/s read, which is just shy of the theoretical max of 35MB/s. Overall, not a bad showing.
Again, the iBUYPOWER Valkyrie's implementation of USB 2.0 appears to be a good one. It manages to average 24MB/s write speed which is not bad at all. As you can see, it performs quite a bit better than the HP Folio 13.
When it comes to USB 3.0, the iBUYPOWER falls behind our other system, managing a mere 80.9MB/s average read speed. This pales in comparison to the HP Folio, which manages an average of 112.3MB/s.
Here again, the iBUYPOWER's USB 3.0 average write speed performs worse than the HP's. It manages just 97.4MB/s as opposed to the 111.3MB/s of the HP.
The iBUYPOWER Valkyrie's eSATA average read performance beats out the performance seen by USB 3.0. The average eSATA read speed observed clocked in at 107MB/s, meaning you could transfer a DVD movie in just seven seconds.
The average eSATA write speed came in even faster at an average of 132.7MB/s. On this system, eSATA would be the best way to connect to an external device when possible.