Test results, Tempo SATA vs IDE/Sata bridge

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  1. jbarley macrumors 68030

    jbarley

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    Just purchased a Sonnet Tempo SATA card, here are the xBench results of the SATA card vs the existing IDE to SATA converter I was running, same SSD in each case.
    First is my original IDE/SATA bridge card, and second is the Tempo SATA card.
    As you can see the results at least with an SSD do not justify the difference in cost, $3.95 for the bridge card and $80 for the Sonnet card.
    I would expect better results from a conventional HDD.
    I have to admit though, the SATA card allows for a much easier and cleaner installation and very likely better cooling airflow.

    MDD bridge card.JPG MDD-SATA.JPG
     
  2. for this macrumors regular

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    For me, the real benefit of a SATA card is not that it's faster than the existing ATA-100 bus.
    But to be able to install two 3.5" SATA drives in the front cage and get SATA bus speed
    instead of the ATA-66 bus there.

    I also think you can't use the bridges there, otherwise you won't be able to close the door fully.
     
  3. jbarley thread starter macrumors 68030

    jbarley

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    This has never been a problem for me, I gave up on 3.5" drives long ago over the smaller 2.5" drives and then moved on to SSD's.
     
  4. for this macrumors regular

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    That's why I specifically put the word 3.5" there. :)
     
  5. powermi macrumors regular

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    The long term use will give you the real reliability test... It worth every penny.
     
  6. flyrod macrumors 6502

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    Is there a limit on sata drives with that card? With 2.5" drives you could fit a dozen in there.
     
  7. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    The Sonnet Tempo I have only has 2 SATA ports.
     

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