Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Review and test docking station

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Review and test docking station

The vast majority of old and much of the new computer chassis equipped with compartments 5.25 “devices. However, in desktop computer systems segment, these slots are rarely used for anything other than the installation drive on removable laser discs. Now, with the transition of the majority of users and publishers in the digital distribution system and the development of broadband Internet access, relevance 5.25 “slots and all came to naught. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of interesting devices that can be rare to put besides the readers of optical disks. One of them – namely, a pocket for hot-swap 2.5 “and 3.5” drives, we would like to tell you in this review. So, what is a hero of our review – Thermaltake Max 5 Duo?

In addition, key for 2.5 “pocket, two SATA cables, an adapter Molex-SATA power supply, four mounting screws, power switch, two point drive activity indicator

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Review and test docking station

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo: Supply and equipment

It comes this docking station is a neat little box. On its front side there is a photographic image of the product, and on the back – a short description of its main advantages, and a table with specifications.

The sales package, in addition to the device itself, and there is an instruction leaflet with information on the warranty, two SATA-cable, power adapter “Molex-SATA”, triangular wrench and four screws.

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Review and test docking station

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo: Testing

To test the docking station, Thermaltake Max 5 Duo used the following configuration:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (3,4@4.4 GHz, 1,330 In);
  • cooler: Zalman CNPS10X Performa;
  • motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH (Intel Z77);
  • video card: ASUS R9270-DC2OC-2GD5 (AMD Radeon R9 270);
  • memory: Kingston KHX24C11X3K4/16X (2×4 GB, DDR3-2133, 10-12-12-27-2T, 1.65 V);
  • SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (64 GB, SATA 6Gb/s);
  • hard drive: Western Digital WD2000JS-00MHB0 (200 GB, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm);
  • power supply: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (550W);
  • thermal interface: Noctua NT-H1.

SATA ports Thermaltake Max 5 Duo was connected to the SATA connectors 6Gb/s motherboard test. After the first test cycle speed storage in a pocket, the disks were directly attached, using the same cables. As you can see that in the pocket (first picture), so the direct inclusion of (second picture) the speed of our SSD did not differ. Somewhere a little faster, somewhere slower, but the difference was within the mathematical margin of error.

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Review and test docking station

The same pattern was observed when testing the hard drive. Virtually no difference. The user need not worry — when you install drives in the Thermaltake Max 5 Duo they will work exactly the same as the direct inclusion in the ports of the motherboard.

Speed USB 3.0 ports we have not tested, since there is no controller between them and the motherboard, therefore, there can be no difference in data transfer speed.

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Review and test docking station

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo: results

Docking station for hard drives, Thermaltake Max 5 Duo is a thoughtful and convenient device that provides the ability to quickly replace the 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives without deterioration of their performance of writing and reading. In addition, the buyer of this pocket receives the load and two modern USB 3.0 interface, which is particularly nice when you upgrade an old computer case. The scope of application of this device is quite wide and varied. It can be extremely useful for anyone who works with large volumes of data that need to quickly copy and transfer between different PCs.

Source: thermaltake

Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Review and test docking station was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby