SilverStone TS01B 2.5 sata Enclosure with RFID
Posted by: Mac on: 03.06.2008 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
For the purpose of this review I will be testing the SilverStone TS01B with the following system.
Intel Core 2 Duo 4300
Custom water cooled
Asus P5B E+
Xfi Extreme Music
2Gb Cell Shock
Seagate 80gb Sata2, Samsung 250gb
To test the performance of the SilverStone TS01B I will be installing a Toshiba MK1637GSX 160GB 5400rpm sata drive into it then running a little application called HD Tune to find the data transfer speed, access time and data burst rate of the drive.
Fitting the drive was a simple task, all it required was undoing the 2 screws holding the connector end of the caddy on this came away complete with the sata connectors attached.
All I had to do once the end of the caddy was removed was connect the drive to it and screw it back together. Once the caddy was reassembled I plugged it in, Vista found it and installed the necessary drivers and that was it ready to use as a normal caddy so I began testing it. Performance results are as follows, I decided to run the tests twice, once in “normal mode” and once in “encrypted mode” to see if the encryption slowed the data transfer down and if it did by how much.
Once the “Normal mode” tests were done I backed up the data on the drive then I had to delete the original partition and set it up as an encrypted drive, this turned out to be a little fiddly as the RFID keys need to be positioned quite accurately upon the caddy to enable the encryption. However it only took a few minutes and once the drive was reformatted (which seemed to take a lot longer then normal) I reran the tests, results as follows.
Here are both sets of results in tabular form for direct comparison.
As you can see from the results there is no hit in performance at all when running the TS01B with encryption enabled, they even seem a little higher but then I could run the test 10 times and get 10 different results.
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