Thermaltake Max 5G External Enclosure
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-04-2011
Provided by: Thermaltake
Installation and Testing

The installation was extremely easy. Using the supplied screwdriver, I was able to remove the two screws near the base of the enclosure and lift off the back cover. Inside we can see the dual 80mm fans. For testing I used a 3.5Ē 7200 Samsung Spinpoint 1Tb drive. To install that 3.5Ē hard drive, you simply have to push it into the two pins on one side, slide it into the SATA connectors, and flip up the pins on the other side. It was that easy to lock the drive into place. There were two spacer pads included that could be used to fill gaps, but I didnít see a real need for them with this setup. The drive was snug and there was no extra movement.

After the drive was secured, I just needed to snap the cover back on, screw it down, and power it up. The dual blue LED 80mm fans really did look nice and were extremely quiet. The Spinpoint drive was the only thing I could hear during tests.

I ran a quick benchmark using HD Tune 2.55. The suspicion I had prior to running the benchmark was confirmed by the gentle down sloping line. The 7200rpm drive was maxing out as opposed to any limitation with the USB 3.0 interface. When the same test is run using a USB 2.0 interface there is a nice solid line around the 40mb/sec level as the interface is maxing out. I donít have anything that will really stress the USB 3.0 controller in this case, but I am seeing the same results I have had in different tests.

Next I will wrap up this review with some general thoughts and conclusions.

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