OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive

Introduction

Introduction
 
ThrottleIf there's one company I could pick as putting their neck on the line in the name of new technology, it would be OCZ. Responsible for bringing unique and often groundbreaking products to the enthusiasts market such as the NIA (Neural Impulse Actuator), DIY Notebook and more recently a whole range of affordable Solid State Drives, OCZ are one of few companies that seem to constantly act in the interest of the enthusiast and the name of progression.
 
Today we're going to be taking a look at yet another product that breaks the conventional mold, and although maybe not as groundbreaking as some of the aforementioned devices, certainly caused mixed reactions when it was released at the end of last year. The OCZ Throttle 32GB may look like little more than a rather standard (yet a little bit chubby) USB memory stick, but under the plastic dust cap it  packs a secret punch....it's not USB. Yes that's right, OCZ have done away with the family favorite standard connector that has been supported by every PC and Laptop made in the past 10 years in favor of the fairly recent eSATA standard.
 
So what's so good about eSATA that would make OCZ want to switch from our old friend USB? Speed of course! While USB2.0 is happily chugging away at 480Mbps (60MB/s), eSATA provides a whopping throughput of 3000Mbps (300MB/s), making it far more suitable for high capacity storage devices. Of course, the OCZ Throttle is highly unlikely to put all of that available bandwidth to use, so let's see what OCZ believe it to be capable of by checking out the specifications list taken from their website:
 
eSATA interface (plug directly into any compatible motherboard or laptop with powered eSATA port)
Additional mini USB 2.0 port (type B)
Dimensions: (L)79.1mm x (W)29.9mm x (H)10.3mm
Read: Up to 90MB/sec*
Write: Up to 30MB/sec*
True Plug and Play
Available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB capacities
Includes mini USB cable for non-powered eSATA ports or USB access
2-year Warranty
 
With read speeds quoted to be around 90MB/s, the Throttle may not be anywhere near saturating the full 300MB/s bandwidth available on the eSATA interface, but at 30MB/s higher than the maximum 60MB/s throughput of the USB2.0 interface it's instantly apparent why the Throttle couldn't be just another USB stick.
 
However, there are certain caveats to using eSATA rather than USB, so let's move on to the next page where we take a look at the Throttle in more detail.
«Prev 1 2 3 4 Next»

Most Recent Comments

20-05-2009, 02:11:57

JN
"Looking for something with a little more grunt than your existing USB flash drive? The eSATA based OCZ Throttle may be just what you've been searching for."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...144206710s.jpg

OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash DriveQuote

20-05-2009, 04:58:18

monkey7
Wow that was a good read.

Have been looking for an eSATA storage device for a while, but I don't think I'm going to buy it. It's as expensive as a 320gb 2.5" hdd and, while it has more performance, it has way less capacity. Also, I think the additional cable is quite a pain to carry around and usb 3.0 isn't helping either.Quote

20-05-2009, 06:18:00

Bungral
Nice review mate.. Impressive stuff on the speeds.

Only thing I could think of throughout though was what's the point in it really with USB 3 (like you mentioned) on the way.

Was about to question your maths on the but then had a lil look around and realised it's correct.

eSATA provides a whopping throughput of 3000Mbps (300MB/s),

Quote
Reply
x

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.