|Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S USB3 Drive Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 23 August 2010|
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Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S Drive Enclosure Review
Patriot is best known for their memory products, especially their enthusiast memory products. Their memory product line comprises desktop and laptop computer memory, USB memory keys, and even SSDs. However, they also have a line of peripherals, including memory coolers, hard drive enclosures, NAS systems, and even media players.
Many enthusiasts have spare hard drives laying around, and USB hard drive enclosures have become a popular way to make use of these spares for backup or transportable storage. The problem has been that while USB 2.0's 480 million bits per second sounds fast, it's actually pretty slow by modern standards, and so moving lots of data to or from a USB 2.0-connected drive can take quite a while.
USB 3.0, aka "SuperSpeed USB", addresses this problem with 10 times the transfer rate of USB 2.0, which at 4.8 Gb/s is much faster even than the 3.0Gb/s of a standard SATA port. The Patriot Gauntlet SuperSpeed USB Edition PCGT25S enclosure's use of USB 3.0 would seem to make the hard drive throughput, rather than USB throughput, the limiting factor.
To reveal the full advantage the Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S has over USB 2.0 enclosures, Benchmark Reviews will test this unit with an OCZ Vertex Turbo 120G SSD.
Manufacturer: Patriot Memory
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Patriot Memory.