Windows 7 - USB3 or e-SATA??

Asked By ashua on 10-Jan-11 06:43 AM
Hi, I'd like to buy a new PC and I'd like to know if it is better to
buy a case and motherboard with USB3 or e-SATA port.
Why many new and expensive cases have e-SATA port but do not have USB3
port? In your opinion, what is better please?
I am sorry my inexperience.




Kele replied to ashua on 10-Jan-11 05:26 PM
I recently shopped for an external drive case for Christmas concerning a
laptop with an eSATA port.  You're right, there are not both eSATA and USB3
equipped cases yet (I found one no name-brand only).  I feel eSATA will go
obsolete in favor of the more well known USB name.  The speed are pretty
close; eSATA only slightly faster that USB3 - but not enough for eSATA to
get a better hold in the market and become wide-spread I am afraid.  Looking
at a few brands for external drives, it already seems the newest include
USB3 but not eSATA or eSATA is now only available in the highest capacity
offerings.  Laptop express cards for USB3 are already more available than
eSATA.  This is why I think if you want to use the eSATA capability of an
existing system, move to obtain any necessary eSATA peripherals fairly soon.
Don't forget USB3 capability requires a USB3 cable.  I understand that USB3
ports will be color coded blue as standard.


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Hi, I'd like to buy a new PC and I'd like to know if it is better to
buy a case and motherboard with USB3 or e-SATA port.
Why many new and expensive cases have e-SATA port but do not have USB3
port? In your opinion, what is better please?
I am sorry my inexperience.
Paul replied to ashua on 11-Jan-11 03:58 AM
This motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4

comes with a USB3 5.25" front mounted tray. Asrock apparently
is the first company to supply a motherboard header for USB3,
and also provide a cable and 5.25" tray for front mounting.
You may not be able to find that on other brands.

The tray comes with two USB3 ports, and the connector on the
end of the cable is a new design.

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/4080/Web.JPG

I expect other companies will copy it, and offer it in their
next generation of motherboards.

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If you buy one of these USB3 add-in cards, it has one internal USB3
port. The chip used here, is commonly used on motherboards offering
USB3, so it is the same chip (from NEC).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815201033

You would combine that product, with this front mount tray, which
has USB3 connectors on it. To make both these connectors work,
you would buy two of the previous item (Koutech USB3 card PEU233).
My guess is, this fits in a front mount 3.5" bay, or you could buy
a 5.25" to 3.5" adapter, to fit in one of the 5.25" bays.

(SilverStone FP36S Aluminum front panel 2X USB 3.0 ports with 3.5"
to 2X 2.5" bay converter device)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817997022

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You can also buy hardware to add ESATA or ESATAp to new computers,
if they do not have it.

More information on some new inventions for ESATA, are shown here.
The addition of pins P12 and P13, allow computers to provide +12V
power, to external ESATA enclosures, so the ESATA box no longer needs
a wall adapter or AC line cord.

http://www.addonics.com/emerging_technologies/euhp.asp?PageType=Print

Paul
Kele replied to ashua on 11-Jan-11 02:08 PM
I recently shopped for an external drive case for Christmas concerning a
laptop with an eSATA port.  You're right, there are not both eSATA and USB3
equipped cases yet (I found one no name-brand only).  I feel eSATA will go
obsolete in favor of the more well known USB name.  The speed are pretty
close; eSATA only slightly faster that USB3 - but not enough for eSATA to
get a better hold in the market and become wide-spread I am afraid.  Looking
at a few brands for external drives, it already seems the newest include
USB3 but not eSATA or eSATA is now only available in the highest capacity
offerings.  Laptop express cards for USB3 are already more available than
eSATA.  This is why I think if you want to use the eSATA capability of an
existing system, move to obtain any necessary eSATA peripherals fairly soon.
Don't forget USB3 capability requires a USB3 cable.  I understand that USB3
ports will be color coded blue as standard.


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Hi, I'd like to buy a new PC and I'd like to know if it is better to
buy a case and motherboard with USB3 or e-SATA port.
Why many new and expensive cases have e-SATA port but do not have USB3
port? In your opinion, what is better please?
I am sorry my inexperience.