Thermaltake Max 5G External Hard Drive Enclosure Reviewajmatson - April 10, 2011
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Now we get to the exciting part of testing the Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure. To test the Max 5G I will be running a series of benchmarks and real-time tests to show how well the speeds perform. I will be also throwing the scores up against another USB 3.0 dock that I have, as well as the internal speed tests. The drive I chose for these tests is the Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB drive which offers great performance with little power draw and thermal output. Since USB 3.0 connectors are backwardly compatible with USB 2.0 (host side of the cable) I will be running the tests using both a USB 3.0 port on the motherboard back-panel as well as a USB 2.0 port for each setup, excluding the internal SATA tests of course. To keep tests free from variables I will be using the same ports and cables for each enclosure/dock.
- Processor(s):AMD Phenom II X4 965
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
- Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE
- Memory: Mushkin 996744 DDR3 1600MHz 8-8-8-24
- Video Card : XFX HD 5870
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 750TB SATA
- Test Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
- Hard Drive Enclosure: Thermaltake Max 5G USB3
- Optical Drive: LG Supermulti DVD-R/W
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- 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 Drive Index (SiSoftware Sandra Professional XIIc)
- File Systems Access Time (SiSoftware Sandra Professional XIIc)
- Real world transfer time
HDTune allows you to do many things with hard drives beyond benchmarking, however, for the purposes of this review I just used it for benchmarking. After the benchmark finished I recorded the Average Transfer Rate, Access Time, Burst Rate, and CPU Usage.
SiSoft Sandra allows you to run a variety of hardware benchmarks on your PC. For the purposes of testing I investigated Physical and File Systems in both Drive Index and Access Time. Upon completion of each test I marked down testing statistics
Real Time File Transfer:
Here I take 100MB, 500MB, and 1000MB zipped files and transfer them from Internal drive to external and internal to internal. To measure the speed and time that each test took I used a utility called TeraCopy. TeraCopy allows to you copy or move files and when completed it will give you the average transfer speed as well as the amount of time it took to transfer the files from start to finish. This cuts down on the variables that can arise with using a hand held stop watch.
For the HD Tune tests the USB 3.0 and internal SATA runs were just about dead on for the average read tests, but the burst speeds the Max 5G had the fastest out of external connections. In the Sandra tests both USB 3.0 scores were on par with each other. Finally in the real time transfers the Max 5G was the fastest in moving the files out of the external enclosures and matched the internal drive speeds.