Okay, I ordered the Addonics PCI CF RAID controller Six linked in the very first post, along with two 4GB 233x RiData Lightning Series CF cards to tide me over till I can get four of the 8GB cards, or even better, four 16GB cards!
In order to test the Addonics RAID Controller, I want a base-line performance index for a single card, which leads me to a request for a showdown...
Flash Media Reader roundup/showdown: at least 10 different brands, at least 20 different models and to include:
> Internal Readers
> External Readers
> Multi-Card readers
> Dedicated Card readers (i.e. CF only, SD only, Memory Stick only, etc...)
> USB 2.0 Readers
> FireWire Readers
> IDE Readers
> SATA Readers
> Laptop hard drive form-factor CF reader
The last 3 make for a "dirt cheap" SSD replacement, $50 reader, $140 32GB CF Card
Vs $500+ for a 32GB SSD...
Of course 20 different readers will just barely scratch the surface of available readers (Newegg currently has 159 different readers & don't carry Addonics, SanDisk, EDGE Tech, PNY, among others... So I would limit to some of the top brands, as well as readers that make it sound like they can read/write faster than 20MB/sec...
Brands I would like to see included: SanDisk, Lexar, Addonics, Atech Flash, SIIG, Koutech, Silverstone, Vantec, EDGE Tech, PNY, among others...
I'd like to find out: 1> what is the fastest regardless of price, 2> what is the best value for your read/write speeds, 3> how does a CF card stack up to an SSD (of course that's probably a seperate review)... I mean is it really worth it to pay $80+ for a FireWire reader... I have one & until today, had been completely underwelmed with it's performance... The 233x CF card has however redemed it, hitting HD-Tach numbers of:
Random Access: 0.9ms
CPU Utilization 0%
Burst Rate: 40.9MB/sec
Average Read: 37.9MB/sec
Now I'm off to do some more benchmarks on these cards...
EDIT: No wonder these Lightning Series cards are so cheap... Lightning fast READ at up to 39MB/sec... but transfer on one 2.2GB Video file to card took 4 minutes 32 seconds or just over 8MB/sec WRITE speeds
just under half the speed of my 2 year old RiData Pro 150x 8GB CF write speeds
I'll try 2GB of MP3's next... Hopefully, with 4 cards in RAID 0 they'll perform admirably... If not, I guess I have to shell out for some SanDisk Extreme III cards.
EDIT #2: I've noticed a disturbing trend... sites like Newegg, ZZF, Provantage, list cards by the manufacturers speed rating, i.e. RiData Lightning series = 233x... the problem is that for a lot of these cards, that speed is only the Read speed and there is no indication, even in the manufacturers listed specs of theoretical maximum write speeds. A-Data & RiTek are two that come immediately to mind (among many) who only list write speeds with no mention of read speeds So far, Kingston, Lexar, & SanDisk are bucking that trend, but for how long?