Kingwin PD-2537U3 Power Dock USB 3.0 Dual-Bay Docking Station: Page 4 of 5

Posted by Charles Gantt on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 8:00am

Performance Testing

To thoroughly test the Kingwin PD-2537U3 Power Dock I will be running a series of benchmarks using three of the leading SSD benchmarking programs. I will also test the device’s drive cloning feature, and will clone the SSD to the HDD with a total data transfer of about 100GB. I did have an issue in getting the One Touch Backup software installed, but after a quick conversation with Kingwin, it was found that I apparently installed an older version of their OTB software. After finding the correct version on their website, I was able to successfully install it to my Windows 10-based PC. 

Testing Hardware (All SSD benchmarks were ran on my main system at home which features the following hardware.)

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5
  • Processor: Intel i7 4790k at stock clock speeds
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum at stock clock speeds
  • GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 970
  • OS SSD: SanDisk Extreme II 480GB
  • PSU: BeQuiet DarkPower Pro 1000W
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Additionally, I will be using the following hardware in testing.

  • SSD Used in Dock: SanDisk Extreme II 240GB
  • Source SSD Used In Clone: SanDisk Extreme II 240GB
  • Target HDD Used in Clone: Western Digital Black 2TB

The first test will be series of 1GB writes to the drive using Crystal Disk Mark which will measure sequential and random read / write speeds. I ran this test with the USB 3.0 cable connected to one of the USB 3.0 ports located on the rear I/O panel of my motherboard.

 

You can see that the Kingwin PD-2537U3 Power Dock maxed out at 233 and 324.2 MB/s in the sequential Q16T1 test. This is within the range I was expecting from this SSD and USB 3.0 combination. Lets move on to the next test.

The second test will be series of 1GB writes to the drive using ATTO Disk Benchmark which is one of the leading storage benchmarking utilities in the industry, and is even used to quality test by some of the top manufacturers in the industry.ATTO Disk Benchmark will measure the SSD’s performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. I ran this test with the USB 3.0 cable connected to one of the USB 3.0 ports located on the rear I/O panel of my motherboard.

 

This test confirmed our earlier results from Crystal Disk Mark, and showed that the larger read / writes are on within the manufacturers claims with the Kingwin PD-2537U3 Power Dock. The results are onces again within the range I would expect to see with this SSD and USB 3.0 combo.

Finally we are going to test the Kingwin PD-2537U3 Power Dock using AS SSD Benchmark. Much like Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD Test the sequential and random read/write performance without using the cache. The program reads / writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD's access time.

Once again the sequential read / write speeds were within that 230MB/s to 300MB/s range I was expecting. Overall the Kingwin PD-2537U3 Power Dock performed as I expected it would, and was on par with other USB 3.0 dual drive docking stations I have tested in the past using similar SSD’s with similar silicon. I had no trouble reading and writing files to the SanDisk Extreme II SSD, nor did any issues arise when reading or writing to traditional HDDs. With those test ran, lets take a moment and look at the USB charging ports.

Drive Cloning

During my testing I cloned the Sandisk Extreme II SSD to a Western Digital Black 2TB drive. The source disk had a Windows 7 OS install on it along with some 1080p, and 4K testing files. The total clone took about two hours and a quick boot of the Western Digital HDD proved that the clone was successful.With the testing complete, let’s wrap things up and find out what my conclusion is on this storage docking station from Kingwin.

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