SiSoft Sandra 2008
Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of
a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also
purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.
Sisoft Sandra 2008 Storage Benchmark
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With an 80GB
Seagate SATA hard drive installed in the Thermaltake BlacX docking
station, we see drive performance as expected for a device connected through the USB
HD Tach is a physical performance hard drive test for Windows 95/98/ME and
Windows NT/2000. In Windows 9X/ME it uses a special kernel mode VXD to get
maximum accuracy by bypassing the file system. A similar mechanism is used in
Windows NT/2000/XP. HD Tach reads from areas all over the hard drive and reports
an average speed. It also logs the read speeds to a text file that you can load
into a spreadsheet and graph to visually read the results of the test.
Hard Drive Tach 188.8.131.52
- Benchmark Results
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HD Tach confirms Sandra's results. The Thermaltake BlacX
offers users a very flexible external HDD platform that while being a little slower than an internal hard drive,
is still quick enough to be useful.
Hard Drive Docking Station
The Thermaltake BlacX
is a very convenient platform for quickly connecting and disconnecting serial ATA hard drives to
a computer. Be it a 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive, sliding the disk into
the bay till the connectors engage is as complicated as this docking station gets.
The USB2.0 cable transfers data at an acceptable pace to
the host PC, easily fast enough to not make dumping an entire 20GB folder
too much of a chore. A second BlacX model offers USB2.0 and eSATA connectivity, and given the
choice we'd definitely opt for the eSATA version for that level of extra flexibility.
PCSTATS' experience testing the Thermaltake BlacX has been quite positive; it's simple and it
works. If you've long desired a solution to rapidly connecting different SATA hard drives without
powering down the PC first, I think you'll be satisfied with the BlacX's capabilities.
In our line of work the Thermaltake BlacX is a real time
saver. If you aren't a techie with five open computer systems on the go, and a
mountain of hard drives loaded with 40 GBs of benchmarks and drivers, the usefulness of the Thermaltake BlacX may be lost on you. External drive
enclosures offer more hard drive protection, especially when transporting data to different locations. With this
device, you've alway got to be mindful of handling the bare drive carefully.
From a critical standpoint,
having a half-exposed hard drive sitting out in the open while the drive is
spinning poses some risks. For example, if you knock into the Thermaltake BlacX, you can damage the
spinning disk. If you splash coffee on the drive, that could short it out. Dust,
static electricity, magnets, metallic objects, being bumped, these are
all potential hard drive killers... However, when used in the appropriate desk
environment where such hazards are kept well away from powered
computer hardware, the $39 CDN / USD Thermaltake BlacX should prove is usefulness very quickly indeed.
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