Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,798 Reviews & Articles | 46,954 News Posts
Make us an awesome TweakTown wallpaper, win a Corsair Hydro H110i GT

Vantec NexStar NST-370GX External USB HDD Enclosure - Testing

By: Mike Wright | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Feb 9, 2006 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Vantec



When it comes to testing out hard drive performance, one of the best utilities around is HD Tach. While synthetic in nature, it still does a fair job of monitoring drive transfer rates as well as access times and burst speeds. Once we've thrashed the drive a few times and taken an average of the results we'll resort to a bit more direct means of testing. I'll take the installation file for the Farcry demo and start moving it from the system to the drive and then back again. This particular file weighs in at a hefty 496MB so should give us a good reading of the performance of the external drive.


Before we delve any deeper, though, lets take a look at our test system:


EPoX 9NDA3+ Motherboard - nVidia nForce3 Ultra chipset (Supplied by EPoX)


Athlon FX-53 Processor (Supplied by


Swiftech H2O-120 water cooling (Supplied by Swiftech)


Sapphire X850 XT PE (Supplied by Sapphire)


Western Digital 80GB 8MB SATA Hard Drive


HD Tach



I add the results of the slaved drive in our charts so that you can see the overall performance of the component in its native habitat, then compare it with the results of several external hard drive enclosures that we've tested in the past. While this may give some the impression of a skewed result, I like to make sure that as much information as possible is included so we can get a true picture of the performance of our enclosure.


Looking at the numbers, we see that while the newest iteration of the NexStar doesn't change much from recent versions, it has still managed to increase performance a bit more than before. Add to this the USB hub and you've got a very useful device here.


Timed Data Transfers



With our timed data transfer test we see a mixed result at the end. While the NexStar GX managed to put up an increase in performance while moving data from the system to itself, it slowed down a bit when going in the opposite direction. The overall results are still very satisfactory, though.

Vantec 1 Bay NST-370GX USB 2.0 External Drive Case


    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.

    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases