Scythe Kama Connect 2
Testing Methodology and Results
I must admit that I was quite stumped initially as to how to test the Scythe Kama Connect 2. I mean basically you connect all the leads, connect your chosen storage devices and then power it on....and it should work, right? Although, it's hardly the kind of performance testing that you'd expect from us at Overclock3D. Anyway I've chosen to assess the Kama Connect 2 on two fronts: compatibility and speed.
Scythe market the Kama Connect 2 as being compatible with ME/2000/XP and Vista flavours of Windows, and that the unit is universally 'Plug and Play' compliant. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost my copy of Windows ME :p and I don't have a copy of Windows 2000, so XP and Vista will have to do. I will be installing the Kama Connect 2 on machines running Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista to ensure that there aren't any compatibility issues.
Any storage device connected to the Scythe Kama Connect will essentially be transferring data via the USB bus. Now the USB 2.0 bus has an absolute, or raw data rate of around 480Mbps which would be pretty impressive if we could achieve that kind of bandwidth. However, the effective rate (read: realistic data rate) is around 40Mbps or considerably higher for bulk transfers if no one else is sharing the bus. I decided to test the HDD over USB 2.0 bus speed using HDTach vers. 3.0 for XP
, and Sisoft SANDRA for Windows Vista.
Now on with the testing...
I'm happy to say that the Kama Connect 2 played happily together with both Windows XP and its younger sibling - Vista.
Both the Pioneer CD/DVD burner and my Seagate SATA II drive were installed as USB devices. Mmmm...SATA II/PATA over USB.
As I expected, my 80Gb Seagate HDD was turned into an 80Gb flash drive in one swoop. Although the speed isn't what you would expect from the HDD, it was certainly functional and perfectly acceptable for transferring files.
SiSoft Sandra reported similar findings in Windows Vista.
Let's head over the page to see what conclusions we can draw from todays review of the Scythe Kama Connect 2...
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