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StarTech.com USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Adapter Cable for 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great cable. One of my best purchases. 05/16/2016

This review is from: StarTech.com USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Adapter Cable for 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD Drives

Pros: Price. Buy two!

Cons: No cons.

Other Thoughts: I used CrystalDiskMark to help bench this cable, using my Samsung 850 SSD.


Internal SATA (control)
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Sequential Read: 509.265 MB/s
Sequential Write: 504.204 MB/s



USB 3.1 cable over USB 3.0 port
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Sequential Read: 349.038 MB/s
Sequential Write: 349.096 MB/s



USB 3.1 cable over USB 3.1 port
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Sequential Read: 452.185 MB/s
Sequential Write: 473.234 MB/s


Thusly, with this 3.1-rated USB-to-SATA adapter cable, over a USB 3.1 port, we can achieve 91% the speed of internal SATA; and, with this cable over a USB 3.0 port, we can achieve approximately 68% the speed of the internal SATA connection.

(These numbers may have been more telling if the SATA bottleneck was not there, as USB 3.1 is rated faster than SATA allows for)


lastly, with a
USB 3.0 cable over USB 3.1 port
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Sequential Read: 352.779 MB/s
Sequential Write: 360.170 MB/s
...We can see that by about 2%, the port is a LITTLE more important than the cabling, when either one holds the 3.0 bottleneck.

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MONSTER 121824-00 1080 joule Core Power 650 USB Wall Outlet
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Has USB out jacks

Cons: 1) Jack only has one set of electrical INPUTS at the rear. This means that if your wall jack is connected to a light switch, only the TOP jack feeds all 6 outputs. Also, perhaps it's my wall, but this outlet will not screw into place in either of my wall sockets (I bought two of these).

2) The 3*2 sets of jacks are too close to each other!! When will UPS manufacturers learn?? The white wall outlet 6-prong jack that this unit replaced literally has more space between jacks. I had to do the outlet-shuffle to squeeze my gear in. I hate that.

Other Thoughts: It's black, and says "Monster" so it looks cool. Functionally, I would not have purchased again.

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Synology DiskStation DS214play Diskless System Network Storage - Retail
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Improved processor over last year's model 04/20/2014

This review is from: Synology DiskStation DS214play Diskless System Network Storage - Retail

Pros: A direct comparison using Crystal Diskmark on the same diskset (configured in SHR) from the DS213 model to this (2014) model:

DS213
Seq Read: 79.691 MB/s
Seq Write: 45.147 MB/s
Ran Read 512KB: 31.674 MB/s
Ran Write 512KB: 47.880 MB/s
Ran Read 4KB : .629 MB/s [ 153.6 IOPS]
Ran Write 4KB: 5.329 MB/s [1301.0 IOPS]
Ran Read 4KB(Q32): .481 MB/s [ 117.5 IOPS]
Ran Write4KB(Q32):2.427 MB/s [ 592.5 IOPS]

DS214j
Seq Read: 85.885 MB/s
Seq Write: 101.410 MB/s
Ran Read 512KB: 39.525 MB/s
Ran Write 512KB: 76.210 MB/s
Ran Read 4KB : .770 MB/s [ 188.0 IOPS]
Ran Write 4KB: 4.820 MB/s [1176.7 IOPS]
Ran Read 4KB(Q32): .773 MB/s [ 188.8 IOPS]
Ran Write4KB(Q32):8.193 MB/s [2000.2 IOPS]

Cons: Price is up $70 bones

Other Thoughts: I am wondering when NASs will start using internal RAMdisks for faster speed.

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Michael B.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 01/07/08

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/21/12
  • Last Review: 05/16/16
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