Ok, so I think I am going to make the move from FW800 to eSATA for my MBPs external drive - I need to buy a new hard drive and I am going to use my dual drive 800 enclosure for something else.
What are the options/ here is what I need:
either single or 2 port - right now I only need a single, but that may change
fast - expresscard34, I think, supports the full speed of SATA so it comes down to chipset
driverless would be nice but it's not a requirement
being able to boot off it would be nice but is also not a requirement as I have a 2.5" FW800 enclosure
So here is what my research has come up with:
Single Ports using JMicron JMB360 chipset:
Highlights: cheap, driverless, bootable, but no port multiplier
Then there is all the stuff using the SIL3132
It seems that certain cards have optimized drivers, but the hardware is likely the same
Quite the price difference between the two
And then a highend Sonnet card uses a Marvell chipset, but that is expensive and it seems to be the only card that uses that.
Has anyone really looked into this. I've come across some reviews, but they don't seem to be all that up to date.