OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive

Conclusion

OCZ Throttle 32GBConclusion
 
When you've got a flash drive with the capacity of an articulated lorry and performance of Lamborghini it makes sense to plug it into an interface designed for such devices. This is exactly what OCZ have done with the Throttle, ditching the bandwidth limited USB2.0 interface in favor of the beast that is eSATA. This has resulted in a flash drive that not only outperforms some of the fastest USB drives on the market by a factor of at least two, but can also give many SATA hard disks a run for their money.
 
Of course there are certain down sides to adopting this fairly 'new' technology; the main being that you're probably unlikely to come across any other machine with an eSATA port. For this reason OCZ have provided the Throttle with a USB interface and cable that can still outperform some of the best USB drives on the market, but does come at the cost of having to carry a spare USB lead around with you. It would have been nice if OCZ could have integrated a proper USB connector into the Throttle, but with the device already being a little bit on the pudgy side it's probably best that they didn't.
 
Another unfortunate factor is that a standard eSATA interface doesn't carry power. Once again the trusty USB cable comes into play here, enabling the Throttle to obtain its power from a USB port while still operating at full speed on an eSATA interface. Thankfully manufacturers are starting to see the importance of providing power over eSATA, with MSI leading the pack by releasing a number of Motherboards and Notebooks that can give the Throttle the juice it needs without the additional wires.
 
But could this be too little too late? With USB3.0 on the horizon and bandwidth figures set to make eSATA look like a granny with a zimmer frame, the whole eSATA phenomenon could be short lived...
 
 
The Good
- File transfer speeds faster than a USB drive with a rocket up its bottom.
- Support for unpowered eSATA interfaces via provided USB cable.
- Support for USB when eSATA not available.
- Only a few quid more than an equivalent USB flash drive.
 
The Mediocre
- A bit on the large side in comparison to most USB offerings.
 
The Bad
- Nowt!
 
Innovation Award
 
Thanks to OCZ for sending the Throttle in for review. Discuss this review in our forums
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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),

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20-05-2009, 06:25:04

JN
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Originally Posted by name='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.
Yeah I had to double check that myself too!

Another pretty cool thing about the drive which I neglected to mention in the review is that I'm pretty sure you can install Windows directly on to it (as its detected as a hard disk). I'm going to have a shot at installing Windows 7 on it tonight, and then maybe also try booting from USB too

Win7 on a stick could be pretty cool tbh Quote

20-05-2009, 06:35:34

Mul.
I would have quite promptly bought myself one of these if my little netbook had an e-SATA port. Excellent figures and respectable dimensions too. OCZ have clearly done a very good job with this Flash Drive

Excellent review Jim.Quote

20-05-2009, 07:55:26

Bungral
I installed Win 7 from a USB stick onto my NC20 as I don't have an external drive.

Was a right pain in the arse getting the thing bootable!!

So you're saying that with this you shouldn't have that trouble?

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Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Yeah I had to double check that myself too!

Another pretty cool thing about the drive which I neglected to mention in the review is that I'm pretty sure you can install Windows directly on to it (as its detected as a hard disk). I'm going to have a shot at installing Windows 7 on it tonight, and then maybe also try booting from USB too

Win7 on a stick could be pretty cool tbh
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