Thermaltake Muse eSATA External SATA II Enclosure
Author: Matt Krei (FragTek)
Hardware Acquired: Thermaltake
Now we're going to take this enclosure head-to-head with another external enclosure to see if it can hold its own. We'll also do a benchmark comparison between this enclosure and a pair of RAID 0 74gb Raptors just to see how it stacks up as a contendor for maximum speed portable external storage.
Test Rig Specs:
- AMD Dual Core Opteron 180 @ 2900mhz
- DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR
- 2 x Leadtek 7800GTX SLI
- 2 x 74gb WD Raptors (RAID 0)
- PC Power & Cooling 1000w PSU
Our Thermaltake Muse eSATA enclosure being tested has been fitted with a 250gb Hitachi SATAII Deskstar with 8mb cache.
The first benchmark comparison conducted was against a PPA USB 2.0 enclosure with a 300gb Maxtor IDE with 16mb cache. Let's have a look at the outcome of the speed tests...
On this graph, the red line & bar indicate the USB enclosure and the blue line & bar represent the Thermaltake Muse eSATA enclosure. As you can see there is absolutely no competition between the two, the SATA enclosure completely dominates in every catagory. The eSATA enclosure shows an increase of speed over the USB enclosure in random access time, average read speed, sequential read speed, and burst speed. You may however notice that the burst speed, average read, and sequential read speed aren't that of what a true SATAII drive should produce. Going back to earlier in the review where I had noted the lack of true SATAII cabling both on the PCI bracket and inside of the enclosure itself, this is where the problem lies. If Thermaltake were to revamp the entire system using SATAII cables throughout we would more than likely be able to see a massive hike in performance.
These results are nothing to scoff at however. The performance of this enclosure is unrivaled by any USB enclosure and is very economical as the price of SATA/SATAII drives are falling rapidly and can be found cheaper than IDE drives in some cases.
Performance results continued on next page...
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