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Comparing External RAID Housings

Test System

We evaluated all of our test subjects for USB and eSATA transfer speeds on HDTach RW Version We tested the operating modes FAST (RAID 0) SAFE (RAID 1) and BIG (Span). We used the Tom’s Hardware reference platform as test platform, details of which can be found in the table below.

Intel platform 775Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
Intel X38, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65 nm Conroe core) @ 2.26 GHz
RAM2x 1024 MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
eSATA controllerJMicron JMB363
System hard driveSeagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160 GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 8 MB Cache
Test hard drive 1Samsung HD321KJ, 320GB
7.200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache
Test hard drive 2Western Digital WD360, 36 GB
10,000 RPM, SATA/150, 8 MB Cache
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics cardGigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU: 670 MHz
Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Sound cardIntegrated
Power supplyCoolermaster RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 Watt
Operating systemWindows Vista Enterprise SP1
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard)
DirectX 9Version: April 2007
Graphics driverATI Radeon Version 7.12
Intel chip set driverVersion (20/02/2008)
JMicron chip set driverVersion (24/03/2007)