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FirmTek Ships New 4-Port eSATA 6G Storage Adapter for Mac and Windows

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FirmTek, LLC, a pioneer and leader in Serial ATA (SATA) storage solutions is announcing that the SeriTek/Q6G 4-Port eSATA host adapter is now available. The high performance SeriTek/Q6G is Mac OS X Bootable, whether installed inside the Apple Mac Pro or a Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis, with and without SATA port-multiplication.

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"Dynamic growth in the availability of SATA 6G SSD and HDD storage devices has increased the need for ultra-high performance 6-Gigabit/sec eSATA controllers with sufficient bandwidth to maximize performance. The SeriTek/Q6G was developed to meet this need. With real world storage performance results in excess of 500 MB/s per channel, the SeriTek/Q6G offers a new level of performance for professional customers", said Chi Kim Stanford Vice President of Business Development. "The SeriTek/Q6G is ideal for audio/video editing, photography, large media content libraries, storage expansion, backup and any other application where external, hot swap, high performance, data storage is desirable."

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So the card supports 2.4GBps of SATA data throughput, but it only has a 500MB/s conection to the PC? Does anyone else see a major bottleneck? And a retail price of $200?! I know that Apple parts are expensive but this is about four times what competitors charge for similar features.
 
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So the card supports 2.4GBps of SATA data throughput, but it only has a 500MB/s conection to the PC? Does anyone else see a major bottleneck? And a retail price of $200?! I know that Apple parts are expensive but this is about four times what competitors charge for similar features.
Not even 500MB/s one way- it's 250MB/s duplexed. [Edit]Eh didn't see the second tab on that card. Still, it's extremely bandwidth limited if you plan to use more than one port.
 
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Nice to see more two-lane PCIe cards coming out. Maybe Haswell will introduce us to the first x2 slot.
 
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Despite the red PCB, the Highpoint version is a lot more attractive at half the price. They are most likely using the same controller (Marvell 88SE9235: 4x6Gb/s, PCIe 2.0 x2).


Nice to see more two-lane PCIe cards coming out. Maybe Haswell will introduce us to the first x2 slot.
I can't recall the first chipset to support it, but many of the current ones already support x2 configurations.
 
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I didn't realize it was PCIe 2.0 x2, which means 1GB/s (per direction) instead of the 500MB/s I stated earlier. Still, it isn't nearly enough bandwidth if two SSDs are connected let alone multiple hard drive enclosures which are stated as its suggested use.
 
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When you have to have a team of developers write custom firmware, it's going to cost a little more. Someone has to pay for that and it's going to be you as the consumer. Traditionally, a device being "Mac Bootable" has a price. You can buy that other card for half the price, but it's not going to offer the same capabilities on a Mac Pro, as this card would. It's the same reason the Mac Radeon cards cost twice as much.

I've been impressed with the FirmTek (Sonnet) cards I've purchased in the past. I think I payed $75 rather than $50 for my old PCI SATA controller card so that I could boot from the drives attached to the card.

This also isn't an "Apple Part", it's an "Apple Compatible Part". There is a difference.
 
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