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Review : Akasa Baymaster S

Test system setup:

  • Intel i5-2500K CPU @ 4.95GHz
  • Xigmatek Aegir Cooler
  • Asus P8P67-LE
  • 4GB DDR3 1866MHz RAM
  • OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Crystal Disk Mark (500MB)

Due to the high bandwidth of the USB 3.0 connection, the Baymaster S hardly does anything to limit our 2.5” disk drives from reaching their full performance potential. Our mechanical drives performed just as they would if they were connected directly to a SATA port. Only our SSD drive hit the USB 3.0 controller bandwidth limit and only during the Sequential Read test; our Vertex 2 SSD can achieve a maximum sequential read speed of 210MB/s when connected to a SATA port, whereas the Baymaster S limited its maximum speed down to 180,5MB/s.

Testing the card reader’s performance proved to be futile due to the nature of memory cards; the bandwidth limit of an USB 2.0 reader is about 32-35MB/s and there are few, if any, memory cards which can reach that kind of speed, thus the speed of the memory card reader depends solely on the card used. 

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