REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Up until only recently, I had never laid much faith in eSATA as it always seemed to have these bottle necks in performance that we hate so much. Even after HighPoint made the sale at ceBIT 2013 that their new Rocketstor 5322 Dual eSATA External Dock could match the performance of our motherboards Intel ports alone, I would never have believed it. Our review of the 5322 was the first time that eSATA had really impressed me and it opened my eyes a bit more to dual 6Gbps eSATA possibilities. And then came the OWC Accelsior E2 dual 6Gbps eSATA Accelsior PCIe SSD…
The Accelsior had already done very well in our previous testing and their upgrade of that to dual 6Gbps eSATA ports is brilliant. Simply. performance of the eSATA, for a single SSD or two in RAID 0, is the same as it would be in the system alone, and also, similar to that of the Accelsior 240GB SSDs in RAID 0. It doesn’t matter whether the Accelsior is plugged into a system or the OWC Mercury Helios External Chassis.
Such things as expandability, OWCs Trade-In Program and their reputation for quality product and customer service make the new Accelsior E2 a very tempting purchase, especially for those who already have plenty of SSDs and would like to purchase the card alone. At $749 for our sample 480GB version, the price is comperable to other PCIe solutions, but with the added benefit of dual 6Gbps eSATA.
A new product to the market such as this might be worthy of our Innovation Award, just as the original Accelsior and Helios were awarded, but we see things a bit different in this case. We are awarding the OWC Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD our Editors Choice Award because the dual 6Gbps eSATA ports take this card to a whole new level in expandability, storage capacity and performance.