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Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure


Author:  Jason Jacobs
Date:  2008.01.23
Topic:  Storage
Provider:  Thermaltake
Manufacturer:  Thermaltake






Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

 

Our good friends at Thermaltake have been analyzing the problems that come along with a hard drive - heat. The answer? The Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure. We examine this remarkable product and test the beast.

 

What's in the box?

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

The Thermaltake Max 4 comes with the enclosure, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable, eSATA cable, eSATA PCI adapter, stand, manual, and driver CD. It is nicely packaged and has a clean look to it.

 

Features:

  • Including 80x80x15mm blue LED silent fan.
  • Supporting eSATA & USB2.0 interface - the best performance & convenience.
  • Application for 3.5" SATA HDD.
  • LED for power and disk activity.
  • Made by Aluminum body for thermal solution.
  • Easy stand.
  • Transfer speed up to 3Gbps(eSATA); 480Mbps(USB 2.0)

 

Specifications:

P/N N0012USU
Case Type 3.5” SATA HDD
Fan Type 80x80x15mm Fan
Weight 425g
Dimension 215x134x30mm
Material Aluminum & Plastic
Interface SATA to eSATA , SATA to USB2.0
SATA compatibility SATAII、SATAI
Transfer rate Up to eSATA-3Gbps & USB2.0-480Mbps
Power Source 1) External Universal Switching Power Adapter (12 V 2.0A/5V 2.0A)
2) UL, FCC, CE, CSA Certified
Accessories eSATA external Cable
USB2.0 Cable
SATA to eSATA PCI bracket
Power Adapter
Foot Stand
Fan Dimension 80x80x15mm
Current 0.16A
Voltage 12V
Fan Speed 1500 RPM
Noise 20 dBA

 

Appearance:


(a) MAX4 serigraphy.
(b) Aluminum case.
(c) Vent holes design.
(d) LED light.
(e) USB 2.0 high speed port.
(f) eSATA port.
(g) Power port.
(h) Power switch.
(i) Foot stand
(j) 80x80x15mm Fan

 

Installing the Hard Drive:

Installing the hard drive was not very difficult. Four screws are removed from the casing, and the door slides off.

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

From here you'll notice a few things. First, there are black "sliders" on the sides which keep the hard drive in place. This seemed like a good idea, but it wound up being a lot of trouble to tighten down. The second thing is this - instead of plugging cables into the drive and risking breaking the housing, the hard drive is placed into the case, and slid into the power and data plugs.

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

After all the screws are tightened down, the hard drive is now secure and ready to be tested.

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

 

Testing:

We installed a SATA hard drive of ours and tested the transfer rate compared to a normal hard drive with USB 2.0 and with eSATA. We then checked the temperature of that compared to a normal hard drive. While the USB 2.0 speed was only a little bit faster, the eSATA transfer rate was almost double! After the transfer was complete, We took the hard drive out. The drive was warm, but not even close to a dangerous temperature.

 

Gallery and Images:

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure

Conclusion:

The Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure is a great buy. With it's 80mm blue LED fan, sturdy support, eSATA capability, and good looking enclosure, it is a must for all people wanting to back up their data. The Max 4 is available for approximately $40 from online retailers.

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure



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