OCZ Throttle eSATA Drive 8GB
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-10-2009
Provided by: OCZ Technology

MSI X38 Platinum (BIOS 1.3)
intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.0GHz : CoolIT Domino ALC
VisionTek Radeon HD3870 OverClocked Edition
OCZ Reaper 2x1GB PC3-10666 6-6-6-20
WD 74GB Raptor (10K), WD 500GB CaviarSE16 (7.2K)
Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W
Lite-On 20x DVD±R/W SATA
Lian-Li PC-A77 with NZXT Sentry LX
Windows Vista Ultimate x64

Drives compared:
1GB Generic USB flash drive
8GB OCZ Rally2 Turbo USB flash drive
8GB OCZ Throttle flash drive over USB
8GB OCZ Throttle flash drive over eSATA

All testing was performed at full system idle, using the SiSoft Sandra Removable Storage benchmark. A full format was run on each drive immediately prior to testing. In order to assure no sort of chassis interference, all USB and eSATA ports used were on the motherboard's IO panel.

As you can see, the read performance on the OCZ Throttle is phenomenal. For some packet sizes, performance was even better than that listed on the specification sheet. This new drive's performance far exceeds any possible transfer speeds over USB. Here, the eSATA's abilities really shine through.

Write performance on the OCZ Throttle is not as impressive as the read performance, but it is still decent for a flash drive. As eSATA technology matures and becomes more mainstream, eSATA write performance will surely increase.

Continue on for notes on usage and conclusions…

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