I have just ordered your Plugable USB 3.0/2.0 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station (LucidPort chipset) from Amazon, and plan to order several more. These will be used with a variety of Operating Systems (Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux) and I’m trying to figure out which hardware will give the best speed. How would four of these connected to your Plugable 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 Hub to a single USB 3.0 compare to directly connecting these four to a Highpoint 4 port USB 3.0 RocketU 1144:
I’m aware that it would be rare to get maximum theoretical throughput, but I wonder if the 4 amps on the hub would compensate for having fewer “lanes” on the PCI-E connection.
I would try to connect it to your 2 port USB 3.0 ExpressCard adaptor, but I’m not familiar with the Renesas chipset, and I don’t know if it would play well with Solaris and Linux. I would also need to buy a 34mm (is that right?) Express Card to PCIe slot, and that would add a further complication to running this on multiple OS’s.
I’m not too worried either way, because I’m assuming the USB 3.0 steps down to 2.0 automatically, and I can wait and see if kernel extensions or firmware updates increase the speed.