|Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S USB3 Drive Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 23 August 2010|
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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.
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.
The rear panel is secured with two screws. Removing them allows the panel to be pulled out.
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.
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.
The enclosure body is a single piece of extruded aluminum. Two internal rails support whatever drive you install.
In the next section, we'll see how well an OCZ Vertex Turbo 120G SSD performs in this enclosure.