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Portable Performance: Four USB 3.0 Enclosures For Your 2.5” Drive
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Test-System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (2.66 GHz, 8MB Shared L3 Cache)
CPU CoolerRosewill FORT120
MotherboardGigabyte X58A-UD7, BIOS F6 (03-11-2010)
RAMKingston KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX (6GB)
DDR3-2000 at DDR3-1600 CAS 7-7-7-20
GraphicsSapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB
725 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4000
OS Hard DriveWestern Digital Velociraptor WD3000HLFS, 300GB
10,000 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB cache
Test DriveCrucial RealSSD C300 256GB SATA 6 Gb/s
USB 3.0 HostIntegrated NEC D720200F1, PCIe 2.0 (x1)
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerCorsair CMPSU-850HX 850W Modular
ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsAMD Catalyst 10.3
ChipsetIntel INF 9.1.1.1020
Benchmarks
h2benchw 3.13Sequential and Sustained Reads and Writes (KB/s)
Interface Bandwidth (MB/s) and Access Times (ms)


We wanted the most direct PCIe 2.0 connection to the chipset possible, and got it using an X58 motherboard from Gigabyte. The X58A-UD7 graced our recent high-end System Builder Marathon PC and a full review of the board is forthcoming.

Proven at speeds beyond 300 MB/s, Crucial’s SATA 6 Gb/s RealSSD C300 is the fastest drive we could get our hands on for today’s review.

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