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Thermaltake BlacX SE SATA to USB Dock

By: Chris Ramseyer | Drive Docking Stations in Storage | Posted: Jun 5, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Test System

 

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (Supplied by Intel)

 

Motherboard: MSI X38 Diamond (Supplied by MSI Computer)

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1200 (Supplied by Winchip)

 

Graphics Card: ASUS HD 3870 TOP (Supplied by ASUS)

 

Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

 

Drivers: Intel INF 8.3.1.1009, ForceWare 163.21

 

HD Tune Pro

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.00

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com/

 

Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com/>

 

HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:

 

- Benchmark: measures the performance

 

- Info: shows detailed information

 

- Health: checks the health status by using SMART

 

- Error Scan: scans the surface for errors

 

- Temperature display

 

HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.

 

Read and Write Tests

 

 

SATA Western Digital Raptor 150 GB Read

 

 

BlacX SE Western Digital Raptor 150 GB Read

 

 

Shown in our test results are the original BlacX benchmarks as well as those from a Raptor 150GB connected with a standard SATA cable and also inside of the BlacX SE. As I imagined, the SE gets a slight transfer speed slowdown due to the integrated 4-port USB hub. If you were to attach more devices to the unit, such as USB keyboards, mice or thumb drives the transfer speeds would be further reduced when they are in use.

 

 

Western Digital Raptor 150 GB Write

 

 

BlacX SE Western Digital Raptor 150 GB Write

 

 

The write speeds didn't seem to be hurt from the USB hub, but once again, when devices are in use the limited bandwidth of USB will need to be divided between devices.

 

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