Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Enclosure

Installation

There isn’t much to installing a HDD into the NexStar3. All that is required is to unscrew the exposed screws on the input end of the enclosure and slide it out. Once out you will see the SATA connector and power cables hanging from the backside. Once all is connected screw the HDD into the tray and slide all back into the enclosure.

Testing

We finally get a chance to use of the features on a motherboard we are currently testing. The Gigabyte GA-EP55A-UD6 is one of the first motherboards with USB 3.0 as well as SATA 600.

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP55A-UD6
Processor: Intel Core i7 860 @ 3.8GHz at 1.38 volts
Ram: G-Skill ECO PC12800 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: XFX HD 4770
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Dynatron Genius
OS: Windows XP SP3
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Testing Software:
HD Tune Pro 3.50

HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:

  • Benchmark: measures the performance
  • Info: shows detailed information
  • Health: checks the health status by using SMART
  • Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
  • Temperature display

Results

As you can see we easily determined that USB 3.0 outperformed USB 2.0 and eSATA and the NexStar enclosure does it part in confirming these.

HD Tune USB 2.0 Read

HD Tune USB 2.0 Write

AS SSD USB 2.0

HD Tune USB 3.0 Read

HD Tune USB 3.0 Write

AS SSD USB 3.0

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