OWC THUNDERBAY 2 PERFORMANCE TESTING
For testing today, we are using an Apple Mac Mini which contains dual ThunderBolt 2 ports, an Apple MacBook Air which contains a single ThunderBolt Port, along with our Intel Z87 Test Bench which contains an ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard with two ThunderBolt 2 ports. For our purposes, we are interested in testing the Thunderbay 4 mini in ThunderBolt and ThunderBolt 2 in Mac, along with ThunderBolt 2 on our Test Bench.
THUNDERBOLT 2 SPEED – APPLE MAC MINI
Using QuickBench 4.0, we first tested smaller file sizes and this result provides a great example of how top transfer speeds are reserved for larger file sizes. Having said that, there is no reason why, if one had need, they couldn’t use The ThunderBay 4 Mini as a boot device for OSX.
Taking a look at larger file testing, ThunderBolt 2 shines as it should, with a high read transfer of 1340MB/s and a high write transfer speed of 1291MB/s.
Using ZoneBench 2.0, we can see a high transfer speed of 1157MB/s read with write performance falling just under this.
Lastly, write performance seems to drop a bit more with Disk Speed test, however, this software is great at telling us what type of video can be viewed on this SSD.
Our MBA contains a single thunderBolt port which provides for a great comparison with the newer ThunderBolt 2. We have only included the QuickBench Extended File Size test as low 4K transfer remained the same.
Transfer speed highs of 888MB/s read and 855MB/s write are still great speeds, however not quite what we are seeing in ThunderBolt 2.
Much like above, Zonebench performance once again drops just a bit, when compared to that of Quickbench.