Thermaltake Max 5G External Hard Drive Enclosure Reviewajmatson - April 10, 2011
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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With the size of hard drive space increasing quickly, like the Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB we reviewed not long ago, the speeds needed to read and write to the large amounts of space need to keep up as well. For desktops we have seen the boom of SATA III 6.0Gbps allowing us to fill up those drives in no time at all. But what about when you need to copy data to one that is external? For years we have had USB 2.0 which was great back in the day but it tops out at 480Mbps which can be tedious for large amounts of data. Next we had the introduction of eSATA which while having faster transfer speeds, did not take off, especially with the thin, less flexible cables and the limit of mostly un-powered ports and lack of compatibility for computers without eSATA ports on them. At CES 2010 we got a first look at USB 3.0 and what it could offer us. Slowly devices have been emerging designed to take on this new interface. USB 3.0 took the ageing 480Mbps of the previous USB specification and launched it into the new top speed of 5Gbps which is many times faster and also known as SuperSpeed.
We have reviewed several USB 3.0 devices here at OCC and today we are going to be taking a look at one product from Thermaltake that is designed to give you the fastest and most flexible external enclosure for your high capacity hard drives. The Max 5G enclosure has several features that are designed to give you the best of the best. Not only does it offer higher speeds up to 5Gbps with SuperSpeed USB 3.0, but you also get the backward compatibility for older computers running USB 2.0 ports, although at USB 2.0 speeds of course, and even USB 1.1 ports. The enclosure also incorporates an active cooling system to keep your drive well within normal operating temperatures and accepts a wide array of drives using SATA I, II, or III interfaces with a capacity up to 2TB.
The Thermaltake Max 5G enclosure comes packaged in a black colored box with a clean overall design on it. On the front of the box there is a picture of the Max 5G along with several of the highlighting features of the enclosure. On the back of the box there are a list of the specifications and some more of the features of the Max 5G enclosure including USB 3.0 speeds, active cooling and more.
To protect the enclosure it comes padded in a foam coffin which helps keeping it from shifting in the box and being dented or scratched. This way your product looks brand new from first use. Included with the Max 5G enclosure is a power adapter, USB 3.0 cable, special screwdriver for the Allen screws on the enclosure, hard drive pads, and the documentation.
Now that we have everything out of the box let's take a closer look at the enclosure and the working parts.