SilverStone EC03B-P and EC04 USB 3.0 Cards

Installation & Testing:
To test the USB 3.0 cards I first benchmarked my existing card, the SilverStone EC01, then uninstalled and removed it from my system. Next, I installed each of the new cards individually, along with the associated driver for the card being tested, and I ran my benchmarks. Results are posted and discussed below.

Test setup: OCZ Vertex 2 SSD installed in a USB 3.0 Archgon MH-26241-U3 2.5" USB 3.0 enclosure.

EC01:
To establish a baseline for testing I'm going to start with benchmark results from the SilverStone EC01 card. This card uses a USB 3.0 chipset from the same NEC series as the EC03-P uses, just a slightly older revision of the chip.

 
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EC03-P:
The EC03-P was actually the highest performing card of the trio being tested. In CrystalDiskMark it outperformed both the EC01 and EC04 in every single read and write test performed. In both the 4K and 4K QD32 tests the EC03-P showed a 10+ MB/s gain over both cards - this is a considerable gain in speed from something as little as the choice of chipset being used! Note that the ATTO test results below appear smaller because the transfer rate scale on the bottom has increased in size due to the faster speeds being achieved on the tests.

 
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EC04:
The EC04 showed performance that was on par with the older EC01 - unfortunately it wasn't able to maintain the winning streak of the NEC chipset found on the EC03. The EC04 test results were neck in neck with the EC01 - each card would accel slightly over the other in different tests, but none really jumped out anymore than the other on any given test.

 
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