Time Capsule as fast as USB hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by nStyle, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    Just a simple question.

    The idea of the AirPort built in entices me to go with the Time Capsule, otherwise I would go with an external hard drive.

    Primary use will be storage for streaming movies through Plex on my iMac to clients on the network (TV/iPad/etc...)

    Anyone know if this will be as good?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    It has the potential to be faster than a USB hard drive, but I've never used one so I can't really say.
  3. monsieurpaul macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009
    TC uses Gigabit Ethernet, so if you have the right cables and the right router/switch it should be faster than an USB 2.0 drive.

    I don't own a TC, but I have a Gigabit NAS and it is noticeably faster than my USB drive.
  4. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    According to the Anandtech review posted a couple months ago, the current TC tops out at about 80MB/s, best-case. This is when reading large continuous files with a wired connection. Writing, or smaller file access is slower. Much, much slower in case of small random accesses, because ethernet isn't really suited to such activities and the processor and other hardware in the TC isn't super duper fast either one might add.
  5. nStyle thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    So two people are saying it is as good or better and Lenny is saying it isn't as good (as 80mb/s wouldn't be as fast as USB 2.0)
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    MB/s (or MBps) != Mbps

    The first is megabytes per second. The second is megabits per second.

    80 MBps = 640 Mbps.

    Here's AnandTech's review:

    It actually compares speeds of the hard drive connected directly to an MBP as well as a Time Capsule and an AEBS in addition to the speeds of the internal Time Capsule HDD.

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