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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 23 August 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S USB3 Drive Enclosure
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Patriot Gauntlet
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Patriot Gauntlet

The Patriot Gauntlet SuperSpeed USB Edition 2.5" drive enclosure is a small aluminum box barely larger than the drives it contains. Unlike a 3.5" drive enclosure, no power supply is needed, since 2.5" devices can get all the power they need from a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 connection (Patriot supplies a USB power cable for those stuck with USB 1.1 connections, but these connections are so slow that it would be silly to use them for mass storage devices). The nicely machined enclosure is solid black, with a matte finish on the sides and a brushed finish on the top and bottom. The front of the Gauntlet is blank except for a silk-screened Patriot logo; the activity light is on the back of the unit. While the enclosure is very well made, the absence of any rubber or plastic feet on the bottom is odd.

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The back panel contains the USB 3.0 connection, and activity LED, a 5V power connection for the aforementioned USB 1.1 users, and a small button that will activate the included backup software.

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The rear panel is secured with two screws. Removing them allows the panel to be pulled out.

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A small circuit board contains the SATA power and interface connectors to plug your drive or SSD into. There are no other screws or mounting mechanisms to secure the drive; when you slide the drive and rear panel into the enclosure, the drive will be snug against the front and supported by internal rails.

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The underside of the circuit board contains the ASMedia Technology ASM1051 USB/SATA bridge chip. This chip handles the protocol and signal conversion between the external USB interface and the internal SATA interface.

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The enclosure body is a single piece of extruded aluminum. Two internal rails support whatever drive you install.

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In the next section, we'll see how well an OCZ Vertex Turbo 120G SSD performs in this enclosure.



 

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# Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S USB3 Drivekainen 2010-08-23 00:02
USB 3.0 is getting more mainstream and its great to see it. I was an early adopter and what was out there was limited and expensive, but most new technologies are. I don?t think many average consumers need that much space and the link to the product page is in the specs section, the name is highlighted Overall, considering the cost, very good value. New Gadgets : ##gizmos360.com/
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# Not all bridges are equalStan 2010-08-23 00:06
I would not blame USB 3.0 protocol overhead that in this tests SATA connection was significantly faster. Not all USB-SATA bridges are equal. Would preffer to see more testing in comparison with other vendors bridge chips - that may allow to find the best (so far) bridge chip.
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# RE: Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S USB3 Drive EnclosureDavid Ramsey 2010-08-23 07:12
Stan, a number of other companies (Fujitsu, LucidPort, Micron, etc.) make USB 3.0-SATA bridge chips, and it will be interesting to see how similar products using these chips perform compared to the ASMedia chip. However, I suspect we won't see that much difference, especially in IOPS.
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# RE: RE: Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S USB3 Drive EnclosureStan 2010-08-23 13:14
Would not be so sure, David

Just try to find comparison data for AMD/nVidia/Intel southbridges SATA II ports - in theory should be more or less in par, but even some PCI chips worked better than nvidia chipset ports and close to that of AMD. So, chip implementation is a great deal.
Well, suraly that IOPS and read/write speed will be slower in all implementations, but good design may make it about 3-5%
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# power connector?shant 2010-11-02 07:30
does this thing work without the power connector?
only with usb? i have a WD 2.5 passport thats usb 2.0 and it works only with usb, no power cable needed, so if i replace my enclosure with this one it should work without power cable right?

plz reply me at
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# RE: power connector?Olin Coles 2010-11-02 08:12
We already took the time to answer these questions in the article. So read the review because it clearly states what this product can and cannot do.
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# RE: Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S USB3 Drive Enclosuresirtrancelot 2010-11-08 20:20
0.72" is not 5.1cm, it's 1.84cm
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