I did a comparison of speed differences with three USB 3.0 hard disk docking adapters and the Seagate Go-Flex adapter with a Samsung 840 250gb SSD. The Samsung in all cases was the boot drive, selected by start-up OPTION key selection. The base test Mini was a Late 2012 2.3 GHz quad core I7, with 16 gb of GSkill 1666 memory. Mountain Lion 10.8.4 updated was the operating system. The USB adapters were the Silverstone Raven 3.0, FirmTek MiniSwap 3.0, and the Plugable USB 3.0 Docking Station (Model USB3-SATA-UASP1) using USB cables supplied with each unit to connect to the Mini. The Thunderbolt Adapter was the Seagate Go-Flex adapter, with an Apple 18" TB cable. All connections were direct to the appropriate socket on the back of the Mini. These adapters were chosen because they were recommended by other Forum members as being fast adapters (Yes, I read the forum messages and take what I think good suggestions from others!) The same Samsung 840 250gb disk was used in each instance, and the test run was Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. The intention was to set a standard test criteria, so only a single test was chosen, no matter what variable merit one test has over another for measuring other SSD performances. That would just muddle the results I was seeking. The Blackmagic Speed Test was run at least 5 cycles and the result was noted for Write an Read speeds (note: I did not do screen dumps for the test, not necessary for my intent to compare relative speeds). The results: 1. Seagate Go-Flex Thunderbolt Adapter with Apple 18" TB Cable: Write: 238.4 Read: 377.4 2. Silverstone Raven USB 3.0 Write: 238.4 Read: 294.5 3. FirmTek Miniswap USB 3.0 Write: 228.5 Read: 431.3 4. Plugable USB 3.0 Docking Station (ModelUSB3-SATA-UASP-1) Write: 241.1 Read: 430.1 Off test, for a comparison, I used a MacBook Pro Early 2011 2.7 gb dual core I7 with a Samsung 840 500GB SSD mounted inside the case. The SSD is connected at SATA III- 6gb direct via internal SATA cable. This result is just to give a relative comparison of direct SATA speed, because the disk is different (although similar...write speed is faster, but read should be approximately the same, and the processor is different, but it is the best I can do!): Write: 323.9 Read: 511.5 Observations and Comments: The FirmTek 3.0 claims to be faster than other USB 3.0 adapters and Thunderbolt. It is, but was bested by a small amount by the Plugable Docking Station in my test. Actually, call it even! The USB 3.0 solutions do not allow Trim to be enabled, the TB adapter does. The Plugable, although fast, is large because it allows swap of any HDD or SSD in 3.5" or 2. 5", so it is a bit bulky. The disk is exposed as it is a docking station. It also requires an external power supply. The FirmTek is also larger (long, but not wide) compared to other USB enclosures, however, it is sturdy and made of aluminum.No external power required. The FirmTek has it's "quirks" in that it will not accept all USB drives. It seemed to have difficulty with OCZ SATA III drives (Agility 4 120gb and Vertex 3 120gb Max Ops) in the it would not recognize the drive at all, or would blink wildly, as in detecting an error. However, it did detect and read a Windows 7 formatted Vertex II 120gb drive. It was also able to accept an ADATA 900 SATA III 120gb SSD drive and a Crucial M4 256gb SSD drive (I can only describe what I had on hand). The other enclosures were able to mount all of the tested drives without difficulty. (Note: although outside of this test intent, without getting into numbers, just let me say the ADATA was MUCH (very much) slower than the Samsung, and the Crucial fell between the ADATA and Samsung). So, which would I choose? Well, I have already bought all of the above, but I would rate the FirmTek and the Plugable evenly, both are faster than TB and both have their strengths. The Plugable is the best value, at about half the price of the FirmTek. Next would be the Seagate Go-Flex, but as noted in the Forum, you are limited to 256gb SSDs or else reliability suffers. The Raven comes in last, but I think it was about $20. Here is something to consider though, perceptually, they disk seemed just as fast no matter which connector was used, boot times seemed similar, but I did not run the times, it just seemed that way, and much faster than the 1 GB 5400 rpm HDD in the MINI. I hope this helps someone trying to decide on what to do, although not strictly scientific, I tried to keep variables to a minimum to present a fair playing field. It would be interesting to see what others find comparing with the same test principles. As for me, I will be adding the Samsung 840 as a second drive inside the MINI, as a fusion drive. I just haven't got around to it yet! The adapters will be used for other purposes.