Zalman CNPS9500 CPU Cooler
EVGA 680i SLI Motherboard
2x 8800GTX VGA cards in SLI
4 Gb OCZ Platinum PC2-6400 Memory
74 Gb Western Digital Raptor 10k RPM HDD
Lite-On Optical Drive
Mountain Mods Duality Case
I will be using the same hard drive as I did with the Icy Box, a Western Digital Scorpio 160 GB, 5400 RPM 8 MB cache drive.
First, I will be testing the EZ Swap as an internal device; that is, using the docking station then test it using the USB 2.0 cable as an external drive.
First up, the results from HD Tune.
Via Direct SATA
Via USB 2.0
These results are dead-on with the ones reported when testing the Icy Box. It's good to know that neither of these enclosures are hindering performance one bit.
Next up is the real-world test. I performed this test by transferring 13.4 GB (2,884 files) of MP3s to and from the EZ Swap under both SATA and USB interfaces. I ran each test three times then averaged them together to get the final results. Below are the results obtained.
Again, these transfer times are in the same range as those we received from the Icy Box. At the end of the day, it really all boils down to how fast your hard drive is and your personal opinion on which features you are looking for in an external enclosure.
The Vantec EZ Swap performed just as well as the Icy Box did in our testing here today. Both enclosures offer the same basic capabilities. The main difference being that the EZ Swap can mount in a 5 1/4" drive bay whereas the Icy Box is limited to a 3 1/2" drive bay. For this very reason, I would probably pick the EZ Swap over the Icy Box, as my case does not have any 3 1/2" drive bays.
The only negative that I could find with this enclosure is that it got pretty hot when mounted in the drive bay, much more so than I would have anticipated. Operating temperatures when using the USB interface were very acceptable. Price-wise, you will only pay about $4 more for this enclosure over the Icy Box.
As of writing, the Vantec EZ Swap EX sells for $39.99 at a popular online reseller. OCIA.net has awarded the EZ Swap EX our seal of approval!
Thanks to Vantec for supplying us with this review sample.