Computer Enclosure Reviews
Founded in 1994, and headquartered in Fremont, CA, Vantec is a leading brand of computer accessories that provides a complete line of Storage, Thermal, and Mobile solutions. They have worked to expand their worldwide presence and provide a complete line of products to cover many computing needs. The two products from them that will we will be taking a look at are the EZ Swap M2500 Series' 4-bay MRK-M2504T and the 8-bay MRK-M2508T mobile racks. The first one is a single height 5.25” bay device that allows you to install four 2.5" drives. The second is a dual height 5.25” bay device that allows you to install eight 2.5" drives. Both are HDD hotswap-enabled and are SAS and SATA I/II/III-compatible. They also feature tray designs, with the trays being interchangeable between the entire EZ Swap M2500 line.
The two products from them that will we will be taking a look at are the BPN-2535DE and the BPU-124DE-SS. Both are backplanes that will fit in either a 3.5” or 5.25” bay depending on the model that best fits your needs. Also, they each share the ability to house multiple 2.5” drives. For most average computer users today, these products are ideal for if you have problems with having lack of support for internal drives in your chassis. Getting either the BPN-2535DE or the BPU-124DE-SS will be a wiser solution than buying a larger chassis which would likely cost you more. Now, read on to check the differences of the two to determine the best for your need.
This leads us to our latest review sample. We will be taking a look at SilverStone's newest USB 3.0 RAID enclosure called the SilverStone DS322. This is a step above the typical USB enclosure as it supports two drives and not only that; the drives can be configured using the two simplest forms of RAID which would be 0 and 1.
Not too long ago we did a write-up on the Vantec MX400-SR Raid enclosure which we gave the ‘Recommended’ for its support for two drives and a couple different forms of Raid. But it only supported USB 2.0 which is no longer the speed demon we need when it comes to data transfer. So, Vantec has graced us with the newest model of the device and has labeled it the 400MX-S3R. the newer version gives us the USB 3.0 speed we want and plus eSATA for versatility.
The first will be the NST-D400SU3 aka NexStar SuperSpeed Dual Bay hard drive dock. After the introduction of enclosure, docks soon followed and in many cases became more useful than an enclosure. There is no assembling and disassembling, just plug and go. The D400SU3 is ideal as it can hold two drives. One added feature to this new model is you can take advantage of both high-speed connections….eSATA and USB 3.0.
Our friends at Vantec have sent to us over our first multi-drive 2.5” rack in the form of the MRK-425ST-BK or the F4 Quad Bay rack. The rack installed in a single 5.25” optical drive bay and can house a total of four 2.5” SATA drives allowing you to get rid the interior HDD cages and allow for better airflow in many cases.
Icy Dock is a leader when it comes to making anything that has to do with hard drive mounting and HDD enclosures. The few products we have seen from them have been of the best quality and pretty simple when it came time to actually use them. We don’t believe these new products will be any different.