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VIZO SPEED-UP USB 3.0 PCI-E Host Card (Page 12)

By: Chris Ramseyer from Apr 7, 2010 @ 4:14 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: VIZO

Final Thoughts

We have been fairly quiet on the 10x performance boost of USB 2.0 that every single USB 3.0 product has been claiming. In reality everyone has and I think the reason why was to give NEC and their partners a chance to get the drivers right and make some magic happen with the PCIe connection. The honeymoon period is now over and the first shot incoming. Every product claiming to have 10x USB 2.0 performance right now is a lie. The truth is that you can't get 10x USB 2.0 speeds from a single lane PCIe slot. When it comes to real world performance we know and have data that shows a maximum read speed from the fastest USB 2.0 thumb drive at between 32 - 35MB/s in synthetic; this is the most optimum way of doing it, tests. I have yet to see anything run on one of these NEC USB 3.0 chips at 300+MB's and at least till the end of the year we won't this level of performance from USB 3.0.

That said, VIZO didn't invent the marketing hype that surrounds USB 3.0 right now, nor we, the community of people that are blessed with the task of running tests on hardware for a living. It's the companies that can put out the press releases. But you can only let the rabbit take from the garden so many times before you realize that you are out of food.

Right now solid state drives are not the norm for external backup or storage and it will not be that way for a very long time. The VIZO SPEED-UP PCIe USB 3.0 Host Controller has enough speed to run most platter drives at full or near full speed. Users need to remember that USB 3.0 is not based on the SATA specifications, so there are some features that do not carry over one - to - one. Native Command Queuing is the one that will have the most impact on performance. Still, USB 3.0 is a lot better than most of the alternatives; USB 2.0 or anything Firewire. eSATA on the other hand can rest easy at this time, but once we see other bridge chips enter the market, hopefully with FULL USB 3.0 speed, eSATA will be a thing of the past.

We did observe today that the GIGABYTE NEC onboard USB 3.0 solution is superior to the add-in card version. Here is a 10x number that is real; the board costs 10x the amount of what the VIZO PCIe USB 3.0 Host Card does. GIGABYTE does manufacture motherboards that cost much less and have USB 3.0 on board, but nothing in the price range of the VIZO host card.

If you just simply want to add USB 3.0 to your existing computer without making a change to the other hardware then the VIZO PCIe USB 3.0 Host Card is one way to do it, but don't expect to gain massive bandwidth as promised for future USB 3.0 devices that have yet to come to market.


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