|Patriot Convoy 425XL SAS/SATA RAID Enclosure|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Thursday, 25 November 2010|
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Patriot Convoy 425XL RAID Enclosure Review
Most PC cases sold today don't have any provision for directly mounting a 3.5" device in the front panel. Floppy drives are a thing of the distant past, and most accessory units designed for mounting in this location have adopted the 5.25" format. The Patriot Convoy 425XL takes advantage of this larger environment to provide space for four 2.5" format drives. Commonly called "laptop" drives, the smaller format is also the most common platform for SSDs. There are a few 1.8" drives around and even fewer 3.5" SSDs available, but there has been an explosion in the last two years of 2.5" SSSDs on the market. Silent and fast, with low power requirements, they would seem to be an ideal companion for this new class of drive enclosure. Let's take a look at the ins and outs of the Convoy 425XL and then put it through its paces with a full suite of benchmarking tests.
The Convoy 425XL supports RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, Clone, Large, and JBOD modes with its built-in controller, and features a single connection each for both power and SATA II signal cables. The front loading hot- swappable drive trays support SATA I or SATA II drives up to 12.5mm in height, and are individually lockable and removable. The Convoy 425XL is ideally suited for an application where a RAID solution is needed in a small space, particularly the higher RAID levels that require 3-4 drives for a combination of speed and redundancy.
Manufacturer: Patriot Memory (PDP Systems, Inc.)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Patriot Memory.