USB 3.0 FAQ: All Your Questions Answered!

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tboyz124

hi, will a usb 3.0 external hdd(usb powered) work in a usb 1.1 port. thanks

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Philips

USB 3.0 shall be coming out soon. Many shall watch out for it. It shall be watched out.

buy ARCHOS G9 101

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lunchbox73

I didn't have any questions about USB 3.0.

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nekollx

 Hell both of them are in the first page of the feature ticker

 

Reduddent much? 

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QuakindudeMod

First off, it's "redundant", not reduddent.

Secondly, there are two different bloggers writing the articles.

Thirdly, the way these turn up in a search after Google spiders and other search engines have indexed the site leads to more traffic and that traffic finding specific information relating to their search. So if someone searches the site for USB compliant hardware articles, they will not have to read through half an article about the format itself. 

Finally, the first one speaks of CES and the differences between USB standards while the second article talks about hardware that's actually available to give you that functionality. There's a reason the online Editor is in his job and believe it or not, this is how this should have been divided to present the information properly to the readers. 

 

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nekollx

 and the third one? I've read all 3 they don't really say all that much different. That's my concern, the material isn't really all that different.

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QuakindudeMod

The first article, posted on the first of this month by yet a third member of the blogging team, is more indepth technically than the other two articles. It obviously shows the hardware behind the format, so I had not even considered that one as part of these other two. The other two I've already explained. I see very obvious differences in all three that will appeal to a differeing group of readers and although some of the content is repeated through the three articles, you can't talk about the same thing on three differing levels without covering some of the same info. 

But I'm not the official voice on how or why MaximumPC chooses to place their articles as they do. So maybe you should contact Norm since you appear to be overly "concerned" about it. 

Plus, it IS USB 3.0 week at MaximumPC. 

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nekollx

 Let's just agree to disagree, it's not really worth it to contact Norm. their very similar to me but i can live with it...unlike that one article a month or so ago that was the exact same story told by 2 different people :p

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Jims45wow

"They are," please. "Life," please. Jim

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Xerloq

I'm hoping my bet on a USB 3/SATA 6 mobo wasn't poorly placed... what have you guys seen?

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dwkii

For peripherals that will be available for both connections (external hard drives, specifically), which would be faster, eSATA or USB 3.0?  Are there any considerations to look at other than speed?

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Digital-Storm

Sata can reach speeds of 6Gbps, USB 3.0 reaches 4.8 they said? eSata would still be faster.

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Xerloq

SATA is curently divided into three revisions, SATA 1.5Gbps, SATA II (aka SATA 3Gbps), and SATA 6Gbps. The revisions/generations of SATA and their speeds are often confused because of poorly implemented marketing guidelines.

Current HDDs are SATA II/SATA 3Gbps. There's only one SATA III/SATA 6 HDD out there, and only a handful of mobos or controllers.

That means that USB 3 will be faster (theoretically) than eSATA - unless you have an eSATA enclosure that can handle a SATA III drive and a SATA III controller.

Does that mean you ditch your SATA connection for USB? No. SATA's power is in SSDs, but even then you might not max the speed.

Note, that there is no rotating magnetic media that can, alone, saturate SATA II's bandwidth - only SSDs are approaching that. The fastest magnetic media barely breaks 150MB/s (or 1.2Gbps). The Patriot Torqx drive hits 205.4 MB/s, or about 1.643 Gbps, so it'd take a couple of SSDs in RAID-0 to fill that pipe.

Crucial's launching a 355 MB/s (2.840Gbps) SSD this month. Even a pair of those won't saturate SATA 6.

So, to the OPs question, unless your external hard drive is a pair of SSDs in RAID-0, the limiting factor will be the disk, and not the channel.

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