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Multiple RAID options with eSATA performance wow editors
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5/26/2006 – As the world's first eSATA on DAS, the N2050 from Thecus has been breaking file transfer records since day one. The latest review comes from French publication Canard PC. With multiple RAID options and outstanding performance, Canard PC editors found the Thecus N2050 easy to recommend to their readers.

Canard PC begins by introducing the N2050: “This external box's interface is eSATA which can be faster than USB2.0 and Firewire. Let's prove it. The eSATA is an external SATA connector. N2050 is 20x16x8.5 in size. We can install two 3.5" HDDs in it. Users can choose the HDD on their own. Morex offers the barebones N2050 for EUR 179, also offers packages with HDDs (Two 160GB HDDs for EUR 360 and two 500GB HDDs for EUR 1059). The N2050 features RAID 0, 1 and JBOD.”

So how was the performance? “With Matrix RAID in place, we compared the transfer rates between USB2.0 and eSATA. The USB2.0 reaches a maximum of 30MB/sec, while the rate with eSATA went up to 120MB/ sec in RAID 0. We speak only about read rate - the write rate will be roughly 40% higher. Moreover, when the N2050 is connected with USB, the CPU will use up to 7%, compared with only 4% with eSATA. One should not only look at the advantage of offering this new eSATA connector, but also its outstanding speed.”

Here's the conclusion: “The N2050 runs with RAID 0 and RAID 1 perfectly. Although it is a little bit expensive, it's still worth recommending to all readers.”

For the full review, check out Canard PC Magazine.

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