Vantec NexStar 3i Hard Drive Enclsoure

Top ImageVantec has added another member to the NexStar 360 lineup. The 3i boasts some things that we have not seen from Vantec in their many ages in the industry. In the past year or so we have seen motherboards feature energy efficiency, now we have it in hard drive enclosures. The 3i has an integrated controller that can regulate power to the drive resulting in less power consumption, less noise and longer drive life. Adding the real reason why  we buy hard drive enclosures, which is for data storage, the new Vantec housing may be worth taking a look at.

 

Testing and results

We believe that it isn’t important to show performance number for USB connected devices as they can only go as fast as the port allows it to go. But we know readers like charts and numbers, so we put the 3i up against some of the unit we have around the lab using HD Tune.

Motherboard

ASUS P5E3

Processor

Intel Core2Duo e8400

Ram

OCZ DDR3 14400

Video

Zotac 8800GTX

HDD

Seagate 7200.8 120g SATA

Power Supply

Tagan BZ700

OS

Microsoft Vista Ultimate

Cooling

Thermalright Ultra 120

Case

Open air

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Results

Like we stated above, the 3i was right in the middle of the pack of other enclosures.

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