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Thermaltake MAX-1562 6-in-1 2.5-inch Drive Enclosure Review - Installation and Testing

Thermaltake MAX-1562 6-in-1 2.5-inch Drive Enclosure Review

Chris takes a close look at Thermaltake's MAX-1562 6-in-1 2.5-inch drive enclosure that includes both SATA and SAS support for 2.5" HDDs and SSDs.

| Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Installation

 

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The first step in installing the Thermaltake MAX-1562 is fitting the drives to the drive sled. Here we used a Crucial M4 that has a 9.5mm z-height, the maximum size you can use in the MAX-1562 enclosure. The metal lip on the drive sled allows you to use a 7mm or even a 5mm z-height drives.

 

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Sliding the drives in place is a piece of cake. There is a bit of metal friction, but everything fits right in place.

 

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Here we see the drives in place. I want to point out that the drives do not go all the way back as you can see here in the enclosures threaded screw holes. The rear threaded holes allow you to use longer screws, but the front threaded holes force you to use very small threaded screws when installing the enclosure.

 

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Here we see three Thermaltake MAX-1562 enclosures in a system. The enclosures fill the space well and don't leave large gaps.

 

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I mentioned the power connector is all the way to the side of the enclosure. This allows you to keep the thick 4-pin Molex wire away from the fans to increase airflow and to keep your system looking nice.

 

 

Here we see the front LEDs in action, while starting a system with 16 Samsung 840 Pro drives in RAID 5.

 

 

Testing

 

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Direct Drive (Left), Enclosure Drive (Right)

 

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Direct Drive (Left), Enclosure Drive (Right)

 

In these two tests, we see the Thermaltake MAX-1562 doesn't detract performance from the drive in use. The performance is the same with the drive directly attached to the SATA cable or in the enclosure.

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