Is esata just as fast as internal sata?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EnterTheSwamp, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. EnterTheSwamp macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Does anyone know if esata is as fast as the Internal version? If so I would be very interested in replacing my optical drive with a ssd and adding a esata for an external optical drive or another ssd. Would this work?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Yes, eSATA is 3Gb/s, just like SATA II is. I'm not sure are there eSATA 6Gb/s controllers/devices available yet but sooner than later there will but even 3Gb/s is sufficient for SSD.
  3. Ravich macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, I am wondering when SATA II would bottleneck anything. I dont quite understand how bandwidth works in that regard.

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