quot;: Originally Posted by, fastMHz, i'm not familiar with the Intel controllers.
By external SSD, I mean an SSD drive in a USB 3 enclosure for.5" drives (claims 5Gbps).
But if you have many small files, of if you plan to amazing race 20 episode 1 best usb portable apps suite use the external drive as a backup, be prepared to wait long time.I was referring to the add-on chips found on many motherboards and cards to provide USB3 functionality.I know this from my experience, because I use external drive as a backup, and any external USB drive is waaaaaay slower that an internal drive, or an external eSata drive.So what do you guys think: Would a high quality USB 3 SSD beat the load speeds of a sata II internal 7200rpm for gaming?I currently have sata II, the greatest paper airplanes full 7200rpm drives drives in both.Original answer: Sorry but NO, an external USB.0 drive can be waaaay slower that an internal drive.I couldn't find benches, but I did find this: ml where they clearly mention that the Intel implementation is best.However I did find this review: in which the speed you achieved seems consistent with the drive running on a USB.0 port.
The general consensus around the 'net seems to agree that native beats out third party.
Idahosurge, it's absolutely normal for USB speed to be lower than sata speed.
Edited by dukeReinhardt - 2/9/14 at 5:31pm.This answer is getting criticized.In my direct experience external usb drive have always been waaaay slower that internal drive.I have a gaming laptop and a desktop that I switch between pretty regularly due to not being home often.(each file is 400 bytes for external storage I've used a Sandisk Extreme Plus 128Gb flash card (it write data at 80Mb/sec, faster than many mechanical HDD, and no moving parts.).(on my boot HDD I have about 484'000 files.