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Plug-in Adapter from Unitec Converts SATA to USB 3.0

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A new adapter listed on online store usb.brando.com, the UNITEK USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter (Y-1034) promises to be an interesting accessory. The adapter connects to SATA HDDs/SSDs over a SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and to the host PC over USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. The new interface eliminates interface bottlenecks to provide speeds on-par with eSATA. The kit consists of the main unit which plugs into the the drive's SATA data+power connectors, and gives out a USB 3.0 cable. It takes in DC power input from its own power adapter. A quick HDTach run shows a conventional HDD to offer speeds on par with being connected to eSATA (effectively the system's own SATA interface). It is priced at US $49.

 

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10% CPU utilization, yeah, on par.

I wonder how long it'll take for these cables to be sold in .hk for $5. The USB2 variants are very common.
 
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Nice. In Japan, Buffalo have similar devices for 6 months now. Good to see some competition.
 
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I love news about brando, I'm used to seeing them mentioned in engadgets crapgadget articles :D
 
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I highly doubt that, as USB3.0 has only been around for like 2 months.
You're right, not 6 months, but I definitely know that I saw that device from Buffalo in stores from around the end of September, and also some other products that use an internal PCI-E card with 2 usb 3.0 ports...
 

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A PCIe card with USB3 ports has nothing to do with actual USB3 devices. Though either way it's nice to see more devices becoming available, even at decent prices.
 

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good device? yes. very handy for quick drive connections.

But why oh why use a slowass greenpower drive if they wanted to show off the adaptors performance?
 

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So you don't realise it's not meant for high performance? It's not a true benchmark, just an ad xD
 

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hell I get esata sticks cheaper and faster than this..
 

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Not everyone has an ESATA port...
while every enthiusiast should, work PC's and laptops cant be expected to have them.

i'd sure prefer a USB 3.0 stick with E-sata on the other end :D


and besides, this is clearly not meant to be used for portable data storage. its meant for connecting a HDD up to a PC quickly and easily.