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BLACX 5G External Drive Dock by Thermaltake

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The USB 3.0 capability is a welcome addition when it comes to accessing and copying files on hard drives of 500MB or more.  Keep in mind that the BlacX duet and the BlacX 5G are both meant to give the accessibility to take a SATA (None Hot-swap) hard drive and provide you with a way to swap out the multiple drives in a near hot swap speed.  Without the BlacX Duet and BlacX 5G the process is to power down your PC connect a drive to your PC, and boot up and then do what you need to and then power down again to replace the drive with another. This process is very stressful on any computer system, not to mention a time consuming and a real waste of energy. Below we connected the BlacX 5G to our test system via USB 3.0 and ran a few benchmarks. The drives we used have been reviewed and benchmarked with the drive connected to the motherboard of a system directly. The results were simply impressive as the scores were spot on with the hard drives being connected internally. That is a welcomed results which show that USB 3.0 is all it can be and the Blacx 5G is transferring the data at the same speed as a drive connected directly to a motherboard SATA ports.

2TB Seagate Barracuda Green Drive ST2000DL003-9VT166 – benchmarked and compared to the benchmark from this drive’s review shown here. The results are spot on that there is no difference between direct connected to the motherboard or using the BlacX 5G as far as transfer speeds.



We took the 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green drive and ran HDtune pro against it while sitting in the BlacX 5G and connected to USB 3.0, which resulted in some great scores. This benchmark is of the same physical drive that we ran the same benchmark at left in the BlacX 5G, but above is the results from the review of the drive when it was directly connected to the motherboard. The results are just a mirror of each other.
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  1. Have one running on my work bench right now. Have used the USB2 version for several years and was pleased with it but more speed is always to be desired. Plan to burn it in for a few days and will then run some bench mark tests. It should make an easy way to load up files for our WD live HD streamer.



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