|SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman|
|Wednesday, 12 October 2011|
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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.
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.
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.
*Special note: The onboard SATA III of the EVGA SR-2 is powered by the Marvel 9128 Chipset.
For this reason, a Highpoint RocketRAID 2720SGL was used to test baseline speeds of the ADATA S511.