The HummingBoard-i2eX version has an onboard mSATA II connector. This layout provides you the easiest way to hook up an SSD. All you need is an mSATA Drive. Just plug the drive into the mSATA slot on the back of the Hummingboard and the job is done!
I reran the Banana Pi benchmark with an SSD hooked up.
Because most of the benchmarks only use the CPU the result is almost the same. As soon as applications also rely on storage you will see a performance gain. In my test this is reflected in the Nginx benchmark.
The disk benchmark (dbench) shows the performance difference in real numbers: if you use an SSD instead of an SD-card you gain about 44MB/s in disk performance.
Because the Banana Pi comes with a SATA connector it gives you the possibility to hook up an SSD or other hard drive. Besides it even provides a 5V power connector allowing you to power an SDD right from the board. Just be cautious with the power connector’s polarity, I had to switch the wires of my SATA power cable to get things right!
I just finished benchmarking the UDOO Quad (running Linaro Ubuntu 12.04). It’s the first quad core ARM SBC I benchmarked and as expected it performs quite nice compared to its single and dual core rivals. It comes with a little price, power consumption. During the tests the board was hooked up to a power supply feeding it 13V DC, at peak levels the board needed more then 700 mA, I can tell you, without a fan the heat sink becomes quite hot…