VisionTek DriveXpander Hot-Swap 2.5” Drive Expansion Slot Adapter Review: Page 4 of 5

Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, October 16, 2015 - 8:00am

System Configuration, Installation, Performance Testing

Testing Hardware

  • Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 6700K Processor
  • Patriot Ignite 960GB Solid State Drive
  • Crucial M550 250GB Solid State Drive
  • Custom Water Cooling
  • Silverstone Kublai KL05 Case
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply
  • PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card

Testing Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

Storage Benchmarks

  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • AS SSD

Installation

VisionTek DriveXpander

Out Crucial M550 SSD fit the DriveXpander perfectly.

VisionTek DriveXpander

Following the included instustions, there was no issues installing the DriveXpander in our Silverstone Kublai KL05 test case.

VisionTek DriveXpander

The drive was easy to access, as the spring loaded bay popped the drive out far enough to reach, even with cables in the way.

VisionTek DriveXpander

There were no clearance issues inside the case. The DriveXpander fits in the same space as a typical expansion card.

Performance Testing

We use a Crucial M550 256GB Solid State Drive for testing. We tested the drive by itself and mounted in the DriveXpander to see if there was any discernable difference in performance.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds."

VisionTek DriveXpander
Bare Drive

VisionTek DriveXpander
VisionTek DriveXpander

There does not seem to be any issues with SATA performance here.

AS SSD

"Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark 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.

Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive's behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data's compressibility."

VisionTek DriveXpander
Bare Drive

VisionTek DriveXpander
VisionTek DriveXpander

We found no discernable difference in performance using the DriveXpander under CrystalDiskMark. AS SSD did show a minimal drop in performance, but it is within the typical margin of error.

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