Looking at the title one can immediately notice this is not a CPU, GPU, or motherboard. Though it may resemble a coffee maker just a bit, it certain isn’t! All joking aside we have an External HDD enclosure from Vantec, the NexStar HX4R, to look at today. The enclosure offers several levels of RAID and the ability to hold up to four HDD’s and up to 16TB of data. Let’s take a closer look!
The Kingwin EZ-Connect Superspeed USB 3.0 adapter fits in a niche for computer users that want to quickly and easily connect an external hard drive to their computer without having to go through the hassle of a full external drive case. Since this utilizes USB3, instead of USB2, your transfer times should be drastically reduced, making it great for larger drives (i.e. 1 TB and up).
The Gigabyte H55N-USB3 is one small board that is capable of some really big overclocks. I have always thought of mini-ITX motherboards as utilitarian in that people only used them if they had a specific reason to. Like me, most people probably never thought of small form factor motherboards as something that might be good for gaming, overclocking or benchmarking with, but Gigabyte’s mini-ITX motherboards are quite capable in all those respects, so let’s see what the H55N-USB3 can do.
Gigabyte, as we all know, was one of the first motherboard manufacturers to roll out a solid implementation of USB 3 and SATA 3 in their products. In fact, Gigabyte now has an “A” option for most of their products. But since the devices capable of utilizing these higher speeds are still out of my reach, USB 3 and SATA 3 testing will be included in part 2 of this review. This part will focus on something I’m more concerned with anyway, and that’s overclocking performance.