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VOX V1 500GB USB and eSATA External HDD - Test System Setup and HD Tune

Shane steps away from testing graphics cards and takes the time to look at a fancy looking HDD caddie from VOX.

By: | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Aug 4, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: VOX

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600


Motherboard(s): ASUS P5E64 WS Evolution


Memory: 2 X 1GB Aeneon 1333MHz DDR3


Hard Disk(s): 8x Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM SATA-II


Operating System: Windows Vista 64-Bit SP1


Today we will see how the VOX 500GB caddie goes in both USB 2.0 and eSATA form. We'll also compare it against our trusty Vantec dock which is also using eSATA. For further measure we will see how it goes against one of our Samsung 1TB drives hooked up to our ICH9R controller.


HD Tune


Version and / or Patch Used: 3.1


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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 may also work with other storage devices such as memory cards, USB sticks, iPods, etc.


VOX V1 500GB USB and eSATA External Hard Drive


In the read department we can see that the move from USB 2.0 to eSATA offers us big gains. Apart from the burst speed which would be the least important result out of the four, it's able to outperform the Vantec Nexstar dock which also uses eSATA.


VOX V1 500GB USB and eSATA External Hard Drive


We can again see the disadvantage of using USB 2.0 which adds an increase in access time. We can see when using eSATA that the drive performs in line with not only the Vantec dock, but also our 1TB Samsung drive that's hooked directly onto the motherboard.


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