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Thermaltake BlacX SATA to USB HDD Dock

By: Chris Ramseyer | Drive Docking Stations in Storage | Posted: May 30, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%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, ForceWare 163.21


HD Tune Pro


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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 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 Western Digital Raptor 150 GB Read



As you can see, the USB interface really puts a hurting on the Western Digital Raptor. The eSATA version should not have this problem so I am not going to harp on the slow down too much, but this should give you an idea of how your drive should perform in the USB-only model. Nearly all SATA and SATA II drives are faster than the BlacX can perform with USB, so no matter what drive you use this is the read speed you should see, or at least close to it.



Western Digital Raptor 150 GB Write



BlacX Western Digital Raptor 150 GB Write



The write speed is nearly identical to the read speeds. This is also due to the USB interface; eSATA would be much faster.


The Thermaltake BlacX is fast enough to quickly drop a drive in and access, just like an old Atari game. The transfer speeds are fast enough to play a full resolution DVD without dropping frames or stuttering. Being able to just drop a drive in to access your data in less than 10 seconds is awesome, I have no idea why this wasn't invented before now.


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