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Written by Marc Fruchtman   
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosure
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Testing Methodology
Test Results: ATTO DISK BENCHMARK
Test Results: CrystalDiskMark
Test Results: Everest Disk Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Test Overview

For this review we will be using the ADATA S511 120GB SSD and N004 Nobility 64GB SSD / flash drive. The ADATA S511 is reviewed here by Benchmark Reviews. We see that claimed speeds are 550MB/s read and 510MB/s write. Actual test scores were slightly better in the review.

The ADATA N004 Nobility is somewhat unique in that it is a flash drive that has both SATA II, and USB 3.0 interfaces built in. According to the manufactures specification it is capable of 230MB/s Seq Read, and 130MB/s Seq Write on the SATA II interface. For USB 3.0, it claims 180MB/s Seq Read and 150 MB/s Seq Write.

Important note: The SilverStone Treasure TS07 does not support a 2.5” SSD drive unless you purchase an aftermarket add-on. SilverStone markets this as the SDP09 available for around $16.99.

USB 3.0 is a vast improvement over USB 2.0. Theoretically USB 3.0 is capable of 4.8 Gbits/s (600Megabytes/s) versus high-speed USB 2.0 which is limited to 480Mbits/s (60 Megabytes/s). Protocol overhead will limit the actual bandwidth significantly. For portability, the USB port currently reigns supreme because it is ubiquitous. While e-SATA could also be a contender, many computers cases do not yet include this port.

How well does the TS07 USB 3.0 enclosure score? Let's look at the tests.

Testing Methodology

Prior to each benchmark the ADATA S511 is zero filled, and the benchmark is run. If the software requires an active partition then this will be performed. A minimal Windows 7 environment is run to ensure repeatability. At least 3 runs are performed for each test.

The ADATA N004 Nobility is a working drive with 60% data on it. This SSD is interesting because it ships with both SATA II and USB 3.0 on it. Thus the obvious question – which is faster, the built in USB 3.0 or using SATA II in the SilverStone Treasure TS07.

  • Case: Thermaltake Armor MX VH8000

  • Motherboard: EVGA SR-2 Dual Xeon

  • System Memory: 16 GB ECC RAM

  • Processor: Dual Intel E5620 CPU @ 2.4 Ghz

  • Video: ATI Radeon 4850

  • Highpoint RocketRAID 2720SGL

  • Primary Drive: ADATA S511 120GB SSD, #1

  • Test Drive: ADATA S511 120 GB SSD, #2

  • Test Drive: ADATA N004 60GB, approximately 60% used.

  • Monitor (Primary): Hanns·G HZ281HPB WideScreen LCD 27.5"

    • Connection: supplied DVI to HDMI

  • Monitor (Secondary) Acer AL2216W 22"

    • Connection: DVI

  • Operating System: Win 7, 64-bit

*Special note: The onboard SATA III of the EVGA SR-2 is powered by the Marvel 9128 Chipset.
Please see this article which provides significant detail as to the nature of the problem.

For this reason, a Highpoint RocketRAID 2720SGL was used to test baseline speeds of the ADATA S511.



 

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# only ~212MB read and ~170MB/s write!?danwat1234 2011-10-16 21:43
Ya, well I'd need an enclosure that can actually take full or near-full advantage of the USB 3 interface, so that it'd be future proof.
Modern mechanical drives will soon reach over 200MB/s STR so this enclosure will be a bottleneck for new huge drives.

THanks for the review!

PS: Does it support drives larger than 2TB drives? I see a lot of enclosures on newegg that say they only support up to a 2TB drive, however I thought the only hardware limitation is LBA, and 48-bit LBA has been around for like 10 years now so all enclosures should support 48-bit LBA.
Maybe it's because of the microprocessor's internal firmware that some enclosures have this limitation.
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# only ~212MB read and ~170MB/s write!?ozone 2011-10-18 13:07
well then I guess you won't be making any computer hardare purchases at all in the future, because as technology advances, all your current hardware will be a bottleneck, so why go out to buy anything, you will always be disappointed sooner or later!
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureMergatroid 2011-10-17 18:18
Just what we need, yet ANOTHER USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure (like there aren't enough on the market already).

Personally I prefer a hard drive dock/caddy so you can plug hard drives in and swap them out for other hard drives. Cost about the same too.
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosurenoneurbuss 2011-10-17 21:17
says it supports usb 3.0 and 2.0 so......
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureDavid Ramsey 2011-10-17 21:20
If you look at the photo of the back, the blue, specially configured USB 3.0 plug is clearly evident...
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# RE: RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureOlin Coles 2011-10-17 21:20
I sometimes wonder if we have more website 'visitors' than we have 'readers'. It's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compatible... it's even in the title.
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosureozone 2011-10-18 13:02
Uh I guess you don't know how to read, the enclosure has a USB 3.0 interface which is compatible with USB 2.0 connections [PC/HTPC/whatever], so if you don't have USB 3.0 hardware, it will connect at USB 2.0 speeds.......just what we need, another troll!!
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# Doh!Mergatroid 2011-10-18 15:05
Says it all. Still, just another enclosure. I'll stick with my external 3.0 dock/caddy
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureMack 2011-10-19 15:11
An enclosure serves the purpose of protecting the drive.
While a dock is very useful, it does not protect the drive.

Docks are great for SSDs and drives that are already protected.
Most 3.5" drives have exposed electronics, making it pretty useless for a dock.
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# AlmostMergatroid 2011-10-19 17:43
Actually, those enclosures offer no protection at all from drops. The best that can be said is they offer spillage protection, however any that have vents wouldn't even offer that. I would add static protection to the list, but USB drives still have an exposed port when not plugged in.

I have found that my hard drives require basically zero added protection. I have bought a couple of $2 cases for them to use while they're not plugged in (thus offering just as much protection as an enclosure). This is vastly superior to having a single drive enclosure for every hard drive. Add to this that many cases now come with hot swap bays, and often I can just bring a hard drive to a client or friend and it will just plug into their system. It's also less expensive to just purchase another hard drive over another complete enclosure, and I don't have the added mess of multiple power supplies and multiple USB cables. It's way easier to pull a hard drive and plug another in compared to having to pull out another enclosure and power brick and plug them in.

It's FAR from useless for 3.5" drives.
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# RE: SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 EnclosureMack 2011-10-19 23:23
The comment about USB enclosures not protecting the drive from drops also applies to $2 covers.
I am not sure I understand your $2 cover idea...
Your removing the cover when you plug them in?
I don't think that is a very good idea for "Most Users".

Its fair to say, that it is useful to have a docking station for hard drives that are protected. If you can get $2 covers for your hard drives that also work during docking, then a docking station does make good sense. Otherwise, its just a failure waiting to happen for the "average user". Perhaps you are willing to take that risk.

The ease of use of a docking station with "protected" drives is apparent.

Your situation applies to a very small segment of people who happen to have hot swap bays. For the general population who don't even open their cases, a USB enclosure makes a lot of sense.

I would even say HD "Enclosure" with a docking station makes sense.
But a bare drive, that you need to expose and dock... really ?
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