My CalDigit USB 3.0 Expresscard-MacBook Pro AJA Speed Test
I recently purchased the new 2TB USB 3.0 CalDigit AV Drive for my portable Final Cut Pro editing rig, replacing my aging 1.5TB CalDigit S2VR Duo eSATA RAID. I also purchased the new USB 3.0 CalDigit SuperSpeed ExpressCard, for use in my late-2009 MacBook Pro 17" laptop. This two-port card and driver reportedly enables the use of next generation USB 3.0 technology on the Mac with speeds up to 5Gbps. While I didn't expect top Mac Pro speeds, due to Apple's continued use of PCIe v1.0 on their laptops, I am happy to have an external drive that is faster than standard 60 MB/s FW800 and more reliable than my eSATA RAID connection using the ExpressCard/34 slot.
This video is my own AJA speed test on a late-2009 MacBook Pro 17" laptop, using the 1920x1080 10-bit RGB, 4GB file size setting. The MacBook Pros still use the older PCIe v1.0 technology, so results are not quite as fast as a 2008 or later Mac Pro using the better PCIe v2.0 technology ( where speeds would be roughly 145MB/s ). See my previous blog post for CalDigit's official Mac Pro AJA speed tests.
WRITE SPEED: 111.9 MB/s
Hardware: Late-2009 MacBook Pro 17" laptop, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.5.8, 2TB CalDigit AV Drive, CalDigit SuperSpeed ExpressCard
Speed Test software: AJA System Test, 1920x1080 10-bit RGB, File size 4 GB
Test Updated: October 15, 2010
WRITE SPEED: 70.1 MB/s
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