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MacBytes
Aug 16, 2006, 03:23 PM
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Description:: The two titans of SATA upgrades face off in The Hard Look

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DMann
Aug 16, 2006, 04:02 PM
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Link: The Hard Look: SATA Shootout, SIIG vs OWC (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060816162326)
Description:: The two titans of SATA upgrades face off in The Hard Look

Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)
Approved by Mudbug

SIIG is definitely more reliable, while OWC will give you an edge on speed.
The lifetime warranty for the SIIG is also a plus.

TDM21
Aug 16, 2006, 06:29 PM
Testing the cards with single drive configurations and RAID configurations probably would of been better then just a single 150GB drive. Also, the SIIG controller can not boot from a RAID setup. So if your plan is to speed up your system with RAID then you will need to look other places like Sonnet or Firmtek.

Fiveos22
Aug 17, 2006, 07:38 AM
On a related topic what can you all tell me about SATA cards for Macbook Pros?

Price? Performance? Reviews? Recommendations?

shamino
Aug 17, 2006, 10:41 AM
How opportune! When leopard comes out, I'll probably want one of these cards.

I'm currently using all four IDE interfaces in my QuickSilver PowerMac (the two low-speed interfaces attached to the SuperDrive and Zip drive, the two high-speed interfaces attached to two hard drives.)

With the introduction of Time Machine (a facility that I will want to use), I'm going to need another hard drive. (I expect Seagate's 750G drive will be about $300 by then...) Since I have two unused mount points and one unused power supply connector, I'm going to mount the drive internally, and SATA will make cable-routing much less ugly than PATA.

Based on this review, I'm thinking that the SIIG card will be my better choice. Especially for having four ports. I can use two for internal hard drives, and route the other two out the back via an eSATA bracket.