So its faster than FW 800?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by TheMonarch, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    Hello all. I want to buy a FW enclosure for my 200GB drive and I remembered that my PB 17 has Gigabit ethernet, so that means its faster than my FW 800 right?

    Im slightly confused.

    Are there gigabit ethernet HD enclosures?

    If not, why not? Its supposed to be faster right? :confused:
  2. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    Gb ethernet HD encl would be a network storage device.. not quite the same as a FW ext case...
  3. macorama macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2005
    a) you won't get an Gigabit ethernet enclosure for your HD without getting a fairly specialized device.

    b) while 800 is a small number than 1000, Firewire 800 is probably faster than Gigabit anyway, being designed for connecting to drives/cameras etc. If you start having collisions on gigabit ethernet then the actual throughput will really drop.
  4. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    The Netherlands - Utrecht

    Well, yes and no....

    although the discussion is kinda short on the topic if 1gbit is faster than 800mbit. Firewire has some advantages over ethernet.

    Or rather, ethernet has some drawbacks.

    So i'd say

    in theory 1gbit could be faster, but in real life fw800 outperforms greatly. Ethernet tends to lose it's speed at a high demand among other problems.

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