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Inateck FE2010 and UA1001 SATA – USB 3.0 Storage Bridges Review

Lagerbroer kommer i mange sorter inden for de interne og eksterne markedssegmenter. På ydersiden har de normalt en eller flere nedstrøms SATA-porte. Den mest populære uplink-port er en slags USB-forbindelse. eSATA som en uplink-grænseflade er på vej ud. High-end produkter har Thunderbolt support. Inden for USB-storagebro-markedet har enhedsleverandører flere muligheder for at indstille deres produktdesign til specifikke brugssager.

Today’s review will take a look at two bridges from Inateck, the FE2010 og UA1001. The common characteristic is that both of them present a SATA port at one end and a USB 3.0 Micro-B at the other. However, the use-cases are completely different. While the FE2010 is an enclosure for a 2.5″ drive and can operate only via bus power, the UA1001 is a SATA adaptor meant for use with high-power SATA devices such as 3.5″ drives and optical drives. The UA1001 can operate with just the bus power for 2.5″ drives. For other use-cases, it utilizes a bundled 24W power adapter. We utilized it in the latter mode in our gennemgang af Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB heliumdrev.

The FE2010 is a tool-less design, allowing part of the rear to slide off in order to insert a 2.5″ drive into the enclosure’s SATA port. A small foam pad is also included in order to ensure that internal drive is held snugly within the enclosure. The gallery below shows that the FE2010 has an explicitly on/off switch and an activity LED. Internally, the unit uses a JMicron JMS578 bridge chip with UASP support. The firmware is configured to power down the SATA drive after 30 minutes of inactivity. The enclosure itself is made of ABS plastic and looks sturdy. However, because of its lightweight nature, it does feel a bit flimsy in the hand. The UA1001 is meant for use by consumers wishing to swap out SATA drives often. To that end, it advertises hot-plug capability and features an exposed SATA port. The ASMedia ASM1153E bridge chip is used in this product.

Forbrugerne skal overholde følgende aspekter for eksterne lagringsenheder / kabinetter med USB-interface:

  • Understøttelse af UASP (USB-vedhæftet SCSI-protokol) til bedre ydeevne (reduceret protokollens overhead og understøttelse af SATA Native Command Queuing (NCQ))
  • Støtte til TRIM for at sikre SSD'er i den eksterne kabinet kan fungere optimalt i det lange løb
  • Understøttelse af SMART passthrough for at muliggøre overvågning af den interne SATA-enhed af værts-operativsystemet

Tabellen nedenfor præsenterer detaljerede specifikationer og diverse aspekter af enhederne og hvordan de sammenligner.

Sammenlignende opbevaring Bridges Configurations
AspectInateck FE2010Inateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck FE2010
Downstream Port1x SATA III1x SATA III
OpstrømsportUSB 3.0 Micro-BUSB 3.0 Micro-B
Bridge ChipJMicron JMS578ASMedia ASM1153E
PowerBusdrevet24 W (12 V @ 2 A) Væg vorte med 135 cm kabel
Brug CaseTool-free 2.5″ HDD/SSD Enclosure (up to 9 mm height)Bare USB 3.0 to SATA Adaptor for 2.5″ / 3.5″ Drives and Optical Drives
Fysiske Dimensioner130 mm x 82 mm x 14 mm70 mm x 30 mm x 12 mm
Vægt (diskløs)87 gram (med kabel)16 gram (kun adapter)
73 gram (med kabel)
228 gram (med strømforsyning og kabel)
Kabel30 cm USV 3.0 Micro-B til USB 3.0 Type-A110 cm USB 3.0 Micro-B til USB 3.0 Type-A
SMART PassthroughJaJa
UASP SupportJaIngen
TRIM PassthroughJaIngen
PrisUSD 15USD 22
Review LinkInateck FE2010 ReviewInateck UA1001 Review

Vores evalueringsrutine for lagringsbroer lå langt fra testmetoden for direkte tilsluttede lagerenheder. Det testbed hardware genanvendes. CrystalDiskMark bruges til et hurtigt overblik, da det hjælper med at bestemme tilgængeligheden af ​​UASP-support og giver nogle præstationsnumre under ideelle scenarier. Real-world performance test er udført med vores tilpasset test suite involving robocopy benchmarks and PCMark 8’s storage bench.

Performance benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark bruger fire forskellige adgangspor til læsning og skrivning over en konfigurerbar regionstørrelse. To af sporene er sekventielle adgang, mens to er 4K Rando-adgang. Internt bruger CrystalDiskMark Microsoft DiskSpd storage testing tool. The ‘Seq Q32T1’ sequential traces use 128K block size with a queue depth of 32 from a single thread, while the ‘4K Q32T1’ ones do random 4K accesses with the same queue and thread configurations. The plain ‘Seq’ traces use a 1MiB block size. The plain ‘4K’ ones are similar to the ‘4K Q32T1’ except that only a single queue and single thread are used.

Comparing the ‘4K Q32T1’ and ‘4K’ numbers can quickly tell us whether the storage device supports NCQ (native command queuing) / UASP (USB-attached SCSI protocol). If the numbers for the two access traces are in the same ballpark, NCQ / UASP is not supported. This assumes that the host port / drivers on the PC support UASP. We can see that the FE2010 performs way better than the UA1001 while using the same SSD. It also has UASP support (with NCQ). That said, the use-case for UA1001 is more ith 3.5″ hard drives and other slower SATA devices. But, it is good to keep this mind while trying to transfer data to/from spare SSDs using the UA1001.

Storage Bridge Benchmarks – CrystalDiskMark
Inateck FE2010Inateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck FE2010

Når vi går videre til benchmarkene i den virkelige verden, ser vi først på resultaterne fra vores brugerdefinerede robokopieringstest. I denne test overfører vi tre mapper med følgende egenskaber.

  • Fotos: 15.6 GB-samling af 4320-fotos (RAW samt JPEG'er) i 61-undermapper
  • Videoer: 16.1 GB-samling af 244-videoer (MP4 samt MOV'er) i 6-undermapper
  • BR: 10.7 GB Blu-ray mappestruktur af IDT Benchmark Blu-ray (det samme som vi bruger i vores robokytest for NAS-systemer)

The test starts off with the Photos folder in a RAM drive in the testbed. robocopy is used with default arguments to mirror it onto the storage drive under test. The content on the RAM drive is then deleted. robocopy is again used to transfer the content, but, from the storage drive under test to the RAM drive. The first segment gives the write speed, while the second one gives the read speed for the storage device. The segments end with the purge of the contents from the storage device. This process is repeated thrice and the average of all the runs is recorded as the performance number. The same procedure is adopted for the Videos and the BR folders. The resuts roughly track what we observed in the CrystalDiskMark benchmark numbers. Readers interested in looking at all the graphs in one shot can choose the ‘Expand All’ option in the dropdown menu.

); Billeder LæsBilleder WriteVideos ReadVideos WriteBlu-Ray Folder ReadBlu-Ray Folder WriteExpand All

Billeder læser

High-performance external storage devices can also be used for editing multimedia files directly off the unit. They can also be used as OS-to-go boot drives. Evaluation of this aspect is done using PCMark 8’s storage bench. The storage workload involves games as well as multimedia editing applications. The command line version allows us to cherry-pick storage traces to run on a target drive. We chose the following traces.

  • Adobe Photoshop (Light)
  • Adobe Photoshop (Heavy)
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator

Usually, PC Mark 8 reports time to complete the trace, but the detailed log report has the read and write bandwidth figures which we present in our performance tables. Note that the bandwidth number reported in the results don’t involve idle time compression. Results might appear low, but that is part of the workload characteristic. Note that the same CPU is being used for all configurations. Therefore, comparing the numbers for each trace should be possible across different DAS units. Readers interested in looking at all the graphs in one shot can choose the ‘Expand All’ option in the dropdown menu.

); Adobe Photoshop Light ReadAdobe Photoshop Heavy ReadAdobe After Effects ReadAdobe Illustrator ReadAdobe Photoshop Light SkrivAdobe Photoshop Heavy WriteAdobe After Effects WriteAdobe Illustrator WriteExpand All

Adobe Photoshop Light Read

Termiske aspekter og strømforbrug

Det termiske design af eksterne opbevaringsskabe er nu kommet i fokus, da højhastigheds-SSD'er og grænseflader som USB 3.1 Gen 2 nemt kan drive op temperaturer. Dette aspekt er vigtigt, da det sidste, som brugerne vil se, når man kopierer over, siger 100 GB data til drevet inde i kabinettet, er overførselshastigheden til USB 2.0-hastigheder. For at identificere effektiviteten, hvormed kabinettet kan fjerne varme fra det interne drev, instrumenterede vi vores robokse DAS benchmark suite til registrering af forskellige parametre, mens den robokopiske proces fandt sted i baggrunden. Interne temperaturer kan kun indsamles til kabinetter, der understøtter SMART gennemstrømning. Læsere kan klikke på nedenstående grafer for at se den fulde version. UA1001 er et udendørs design og bygger kun på det termiske design af selve drevet. FE2010 sætter måldrevet i et lukket rum. I vores vurdering endte temperaturen på drevet inde i FE2010 lidt over UA1001. Hverken bro har imidlertid problemer med termisk strygning af det installerede drev.

Opbevaringskonstruktion Termiske egenskaber
Inateck FE2010Inateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck FE2010

It is challenging to isolate the power consumption of the storage bridge alone while treating the unit as a black box. In order to study this aspect in a comparative manner, we use the same SSDs (Curcial MX200 500GB) in the units and process the same workloads on them (CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2’s benchmark traces with a region size of 8GB and the number of repetitions set to 5). Plugable’s USBC-TKEY strømforsyningssniffer blev anbragt mellem værts-pc'en og lagerbroen for at optage strømforbruget. Det gennemsnitlige strømforbrug for hvert adgangspor blev registreret. Billederne nedenfor viser tallene på en kompakt og nem måde at sammenligne.

Power Consumption – CrystalDiskMark
Inateck FE2010Inateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck UA1001StarTech.com S251BU31C3CBSatechi B01FWT2N3KInateck FE2010

Enhver forskel i strømforbrug for samme adgangspor mellem to forskellige enheder er ned til selve broen (da det anvendte drev er det samme i alle tilfælde). Den UASP-aktiverede JMS578 bruger mere strøm under trafik sammenlignet med ASM1153E for de fleste adgangspor. Kun 4K tilfældige adganger synes at understrege UA1001 mere.

Diverse aspekter og afsluttende bemærkninger

Storage bridges that support UASP fully can translate the SCSI UNMAP command to TRIM commands for SSDs connected to the downstream port. Checking for TRIM support has been a bit tricky so far. CyberShadow’s trimcheck is a quick tool to get the status of TRIM support. However, it presents a couple of challenges: it sometimes returns INDETERMINATE after processing, and, in case TRIM comes back as NOT WORKING or not kicked in yet, it is not clear whether the blame lies with the OS / file system or the storage controller / bridge chip or the SSD itself. In order to get a clear idea, our TRIM check routine adopts the following strategy:

  1. Formater SSD'en i NTFS
  2. Indsæt trimcheck programmet i det og udfør
  3. Brug PowerShell-kommandoen Optimer-Volume -DriveLetter Z -ReTrim -Verbose (forudsat at drevet forbundet til lagerbroen er monteret med drevbogstav Z)
  4. Genudfør trimcheck for at bestemme statusrapport

Konklusioner kan laves ud fra resultaterne fra de sidste to trin.

FE2010 med JMicron JMS578 brochip understøtter TRIM passthrough, som vist ovenfor.

On the other hand, the UA1001 with the ASM1153E bridge chip doesn’t support TRIM passthrough – Windows reports that the optimization operation is not permitted by the hardware backing the volume.

Coming to the business end of the review, we find that the Inateck FE2010 and UA1001 target different use-cases. The UA1001 is the more versatile of the two (with support for a wide variety of SATA devices), but loses out to the FE2010 when it comes to features targeting SSDs (such as UASP support and TRIM passthrough). Both of them are reasonably priced – the UA1001 is currently $ 22 på Amazon, mens FE2010 er lige $ 15. UA1001 er prissat højere på grund af den bundtede strømadapter.

The FE2010 can be recommended for its performance and features targeting SSDs. However, we did have some trouble with the initial firmware on the unit. While running CrystalDiskMark’s access traces at higher queue depths, the unit would just freeze up. This could be reproduced only when the FE2010 was connected to a USB port with the Intel Alpine Ridge controller behind it. Though I was unable to reproduce the issue with any other USB port (even on the same PC), the problem had been rapporteret by at least one other customer with a different board. Inateck’s customer support delivered a firmware update after being able to reproduce the issue at their end. The new firmware managed to help the FE2010 complete our full benchmark routine without hanging. However, the unit still had uncomfortably long pauses in certain write segments of our robocopy benchmarks (drive activity pegged at 100%, but no data transfer at all in the Task Manager’s Performance tab for the disk). The pause is reflected in the flat lines in the performance consistency graphs presented in the previous sub-section (the zero transfer rate is reflected in the comparison graphs for the average transfer rate, but not in the performance consistency graph itself). We have not had this issue with any other storage bridge using the same drive – so, our recommendation for the FE2010 is not without reservation. We strongly believe that the FE2010 firmware needs further improvement.

On the other hand, we have no hesitation in recommending the UA1001 despite its need for careful handing. The design, size and choice of build material makes it quite fragile. However, its versatility needs appreciation – it is a must-have gadget for all consumers who have to deal with multiple SATA devices and PCs in an efficient manner.

Buy Inateck UA1001 2.5″/3.5″ SATA-USB Adaptor on Amazon.com

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