Ive been looking around for reports/benchmarks/reviews/tests which can compare the newest iteration Drobo S (five bays with esata) to the previous second generation Drobo. I can find reviews of the new Drobo S, but nothing that speaks specifically to a comparison of performance differences between the two. I wont be using the esata port, so thats not a huge bonus. I do like the idea of five disk bays with a dual disk failure redundancy. And I feel like datarobotics is touting the newer Drobo S model as being faster than the previous one, but not sure if that only applies with esata connections or if this is a general system improvement that makes the performance overall increase. Obviously, the nearly double price of the S model makes it a hard choice to justify, so I am hoping someone out there has some has experience or can point me to some articles that can compare the performance between the two models.