The other problem is whether this device is actually being of any benefit at all. We compared the performance to the OCZ Agility 128GB SSD and Seagate Barracuda ST3300622AS SATA 2.0 7200RPM drives that were subsequently used by the SilverStone SST-HDDBOOST, but in none of the benchmarks we ran was the SilverStone device ever faster. In fact, in many of the benchmarks the SST-HDDBOOST was causing the device to perform much slower than even the standalone Serial ATA 2.0 hard drive. Below are just two examples of the losses encountered.
We reformatted both of the drives, reinstalled Ubuntu 10.04, and took other steps, but the results remained the same that the SST-HDDBOOST was simply not providing any performance advantages.
It should not be a Linux compatibility problem and we have tested the SilverStone SST-HDDBOOST out in numerous configurations, but so far, it is to no avail. We will continue striving to get the HDDBOOST working so it is of to of a performance benefit, but right now it is useless in the said configuration. The SilverStone HDDBOOST retails for $50 USD (it can be found at Amazon.com), but even still it requires the purchase of a solid-state drive, which normally aren't cheap and SSDs alone can pack quite a performance punch. While we generally love and recommend SilverStone products with their magnificent cases and power supplies, the SST-HDDBOOST is not yet a product that receives our recommendation due to the aforementioned problems.
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