My CalDigit USB 3.0 Expresscard-MacBook Pro AJA Speed Test

Posted on by Aaron Weiler

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.

READ SPEED: 122.4 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

My @CalDigit USB 3.0 Expresscard-MacBook Pro AJA Speed Test from Aaron Weiler on Vimeo.



AV Drive FW800 AJA System Test using 4 GB, 1920x1080 10-bit RGB settings:



About the CalDigit AV Drive
The single drive storage market has been saturated with products that only look different, but offer the same functionality. CalDigit ( http:// ) sought to design a product that looks good and performs even better than the competition. We present the CalDigit AV Drive, a single drive designed with the user in mind and optimized for Audio and Video, CalDigit's most affordable drive yet! Perfect for the workplace or on the go, the AV Drive is made for performance and reliability. Featuring a dual interface with USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity, the AV Drive is one of the most uniquely designed single drive systems on the market. The CalDigit AV Drive is PC friendly and the first USB 3.0 drive for the Mac, all in a sleek, sturdy and compact design. The AV Drive offers awesome performance, reaching extreme speeds up to 145 MB/s.

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