The Hard Look: SATA Shootout, SIIG vs OWC

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    DMann

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    Shootout

    SIIG is definitely more reliable, while OWC will give you an edge on speed.
    The lifetime warranty for the SIIG is also a plus.
     
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    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.
     
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    On a related topic what can you all tell me about SATA cards for Macbook Pros?

    Price? Performance? Reviews? Recommendations?
     
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    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.
     

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