Thermaltake Muse eSATA External SATA II Enclosure

Performance Cont.

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.

Thermaltake Muse

The RAID 0 setup shows a healthy increase in performance over the eSATA setup. This is a bit dissapointing considering the fact that this enclosure is supposed to be fully SATAII compatible when in reality is not. The RAID setup beats out the eSATA setup in every catagory just as the eSATA enclosure had done to the USB 2.0 enclosure. This is where it becomes apparent that Thermaltake should rewire and re-release the unit with true support for SATAII. Until that time it will never fully live up to its expectations as a SATAII compliant enclosure.

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.
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05-04-2006, 12:26:06

FragTek
Read the review here!

Feel free to discuss the review here...

05-04-2006, 12:31:25

llwyd
nice one, i think i might make my own external drive

05-04-2006, 12:31:56

FarFarAway
Nice review Frag. I'll look forward to seeing what TT have to say

Damn good idea for those who need some space

05-04-2006, 12:45:42

Ham
Good job frag.

05-04-2006, 13:02:01

WC Annihilus
Only was able to skim it but looks nice so far Frag.

BTW, was this one of those that you were able to keep or do you have to return it?

05-04-2006, 13:04:12

FragTek
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='WC Annihilus'
BTW, was this one of those that you were able to keep or do you have to return it?
We don't know yet Hopefully it's a keeper

05-04-2006, 13:29:40

Tec
very nice review Frag , looking for more reviews

05-04-2006, 14:15:00

Raven
didnt look to bad but i missed a "next page" link
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