Thermaltake Muse eSATA External SATA II Enclosure
Published: 4th April 2006 | Source: Thermaltake | Price: |Performance Continued
Now that we've seen how well the enclosure performs against a typical USB 2.0 enclosure let's see how it stacks up against an internal RAID setup. We'll be testing the enclosure against a pair of RAID 0 Western Digital 74gb SATA150 Raptors running on the nF4 chipset via nVRAID.
Now may also be a good time to comment on the enclosures analog data transfer gauge. The gauge on my enclosure barely works. The highest the meter will ever get is 2 out of 9 and just kind of bounces quickly between 0 and 2 most of the time. The gauge serves no real purpose but the idea behind it is kind of cool. The gauge also does not differentiate from what hard drive is being used when the needle is bouncing around due to the fact that it uses the motherboards HDD LED connector. Whenever any of your systems main drives are being accessed, the needle will move on the external enclosure. It's a pretty flawed design to be completely honest. If Thermaltake were to add a higher voltage line to the meter, along with program the internal board to emit the data transfer statistics of only the enclsosures hard drive they would be hitting a home-run. It still wouldn't serve any great purpose but at least it would work and look good doing it.