northanger (northanger) wrote,

vantec adapters: eeny meeny

Legit Reviews: Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 Adapter :: Rather than re-inventing the wheel, Vantec changed out the USB 2.0 controller with a newer USB 3.0 controller inside the adapter. This increases the transfer rates from up to 480 Mbps with USB 2.0 all the way up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0. In laymen’s terms, it went from a theoretical 60 MB/s to 640 MB/s! … The Vantec IDE/SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter makes it simple to connect a storage drive to your PC as long as it uses one of the interfaces it supports. Chances are that it will as pretty much all hard drives from the past 15 years are either IDE or SATA. That is reason enough to make the Vantech IDE/SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter part of your PC repair toolkit!

The Vantec CB-ISA200-U3 is backed by a 1-year factory warranty and can be found on Newegg for $29.99 shipped and it is currently out of stock at Amazon. The Vantec USB 2.0 version of this adapter runs $18.99 shipped, so you are paying about $10 extra for the improved speed. We were a bit disappointed to see the speed of this device topping out at around 130MB/s read and 125MB/s write, but that is faster than most hard drives were able to run. Only those with SSD’s should be upset by those performance numbers, but in a pinch this will do the trick. Getting four times the performance of USB 2.0 is a solid performance gain and when you are talking about moving a ton of data, it is worth every extra penny.

Legit Bottom Line: The Vantec IDE/SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter works as advertised and is an essential item for every DIY computer user!


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