Originally Posted by No3Dalefan
This is not pointless. This is meant to improve reliability in systems that don't need upgrades such as industrial machines that are rough on a spinning hard drive. Downtime on a million dollar machine like that can cost your business thousands per day. The speed boost is just a bonus.
Industrial machines that need only to store data for their own operation use imbedded ROM chips. If a machine was used for something that would require actual storage space and currently using mechanical HDDs, it would also have SATA ports.
And if a machine was both important enough to cost millions per day and old enough to not have SATA ports you are failing as a business as it should have been replaced in by now. And before you whip out the "that is more expensive card" a simply PCI to SATA card could have been used to switch to a faster, more reliable port.
I am sure Apacer has some very very very special purpose for this, but I just don't see how this is the optimal solution to any problem.