Is esata just as fast as internal sata?

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

  1. EnterTheSwamp macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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

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