Scythe Kama Connect 2

Testing Methodology and Results

Testing Methodology
 
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.
 
Compatibility
 
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.
 
Speed
 
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...
 
Test Results
 
Compatibility
 
I'm happy to say that the Kama Connect 2 played happily together with both Windows XP and its younger sibling - Vista.
 
Vista detect
 
Both the Pioneer CD/DVD burner and my Seagate SATA II drive were installed as USB devices. Mmmm...SATA II/PATA over USB.
 
Scythe Kama Connect 2 installed
 
Speed
 
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.
 
HDTach results
 
SiSoft Sandra reported similar findings in Windows Vista.
 
SiSoft SANDRA
 
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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Most Recent Comments

29-01-2008, 08:17:47

PV5150
Looking for ways of accessing your storage drives externally and on the run? Scythe may have something of interest for you then...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...065925420s.jpg

Scythe Kama Connect 2Quote

29-01-2008, 08:21:13

Toxcity
Very well written review Matt!

Looks to be a good idea as well.Quote

29-01-2008, 17:23:18

ali_james
Honestly can't they think of another damn name, everything they make is called a Kama Connect, Kama Bay, Kama Meter.

Nice review anyhow

Looks a very neat idea as you said.

Cheers!Quote
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