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- Can handle drive up to 4T. I only used a 3T so far. Not all enclosure support 4T drives.
- USB 3: Faster than both firewire and USB 2. Tested it on my PC running Windows 7.
- USB 2: It works with my old early 2009 Mac which has USB 2 and firewire.
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: My goal was to provide my early 2009 Mac Mini with external storage for my iTunes collection of 2T and growing. I have 2 previous Sans Digital external single drive enclosure with triple interface and had no problems. Unfortunately, they were of lower capacity.I needed an enclosure with more room to expand. I dropped firewire from my requirements since Apple is dropping firewire and it by having USB 3, it would actually be faster when I would eventually upgrade to a new Mac Mini.
I put a WD Green 3T in the enclose.
- USB 3 Seems to be working, I did a quick test by downloading a 10 gigabyte file from a NAS to this drive plugged into a PC and got an average transfer rates of 98MB/s.The point being that it is much faster than USB 2. This test did not push the enclose to its’ maximum speed. I am impress with the write speed of the WD Green 3T!
Initially, after I installed the hard drive into the enclosure, nothing seem to work. The power LED did not even turn on. My mistake was, when I installed the hard drive, to not to have push the hard drive forward after putting the screws to hold the hard drive in position. Once this is done and the screws are tighten, everything worked.
- I have 2 other older Sans Digital enclosure with firewire and they both still work fine but the maximum drive size for the enclosures is too small for my needs.
Pros: Temp idle/load
Stock cooler: 32/67C -
H50: 27/55C (minutes after completing installation - trans-coding test)
Side benefit: much quieter that hearing the cpu fun running at 100%!
Cons: Not much!
Other Thoughts: My setup is a 780g (GA-MA78GM-S2H) board with a 945 Phenom 945 X4 (95w) in an older Sonata case. The main reason for this upgrade was that when trans-coding my DVD collection, temperature would reach 67C with the front door removed! I now reach 55C with the front door closed with the H50.
Installation was not too difficult. This was the first time I replaced a heat-sync. Using the Corsair(web) video + instructions, I seem to got it right the first time.
The only deviation from the instruction is that I exhaust the air out of the case instead of pulling it in. This older Sonata case only has an air intake on the front and an exhaust in the back and that is it. Pushing hot air in, did not seem appropriate for this case.
I will try a push-pull configuration when I receive my fans. Since I only have 1 fan power plug on the motherboard, not sure how I am going to plug them both! Any ideas?