Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Docking Station Reviewajmatson - May 5, 2008
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So how well does the Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Docking Station work? Well, there is only one way to find out the answer and that is to put it on the testing bench. I am going to pair the BlacX with a Seagate 750GB hard drive and run a series of tests on it. Then I will compare it to other enclosures, using the same hard drive to see how well it stacks up. The tests I will be running are HDTune and Sisoft Sandra Professional XIIc version. This will give us a good view on where the BlacX performs. All other hardware will be run at stock speeds, timings, and voltages to keep any outside variables from interfering with the scores. Again, also the same drive will be used for each type of enclosure/dock.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (333x8)
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 w/BIOS F7b
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card(s): Asus EN8800GT
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Modular Power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 320GB SATA
- Opticals: LG DVD+/-RW
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Average Transfer Rate (HD Tune)
- Access Time (HD Tune)
- Burst Rate (HD Tune)
- CPU Usage (HD Tune)
- Physical Disk Drive Index(SiSoftware Sandra Professional XIIc)
- Physical Disk Access Time(SiSoftware Sandra Professional XIIc)
- File Systems (SiSoftware Sandra Professional XIIc)
HDTune measures disk performance to make comparisons between drives or disk controllers.
Sandra is a benchmarking utility designed to test all areas of a computer system. Today I am going to use three tests, that will measure the performance of the hard drive using each enclosure/dock.
It was close, but the BlacX does have a slight advantage over the other two enclosures.