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ASUS… what were you thinking?

So… everyone on the net has been ranting and raving about the new P45 chipset from Intel. Sure – it’s a great chipset. Low power, ICH10R, support for 45nm CPUs, blah blah blah. I’ve always been a fan of ASUS. I’ve been buying them pretty much exclusively for the past two or three years. For the most part, their board layouts are adequate, if not very good, and they’ve got pretty good support, dispite being located across the Pacific.

Then came the P5Q series. Honestly ASUS – you guys screwed this one up royally.

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Why eSATA is awesome

I picked up a Vantec3 enclosure for one of my spare WD5000AAKS drives (see My Computers for updates), and made sure that it was one of the versions that included eSATA support. I’ve dealt with USB enclosures for a long time, and the transfer speeds are just painful. I took a couple of benchmarks using HDTach – one with the drive connected via eSATA (on the left), the other using USB (on the right).

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