Installation and Testing
Installation is very simple and only involves securing your drives in the enclosure using four screws for each and then connecting it up to the SATA power and data cables – just like you would if installing a SATA hard drive in a desktop computer. Once secured, the drives installed are very sturdy although vibrations maybe felt through the screws contacting with the internal metal frame of the enclosure.
In order to test the performance of the Tsunami Ultimate II 3500 I installed a single hard drive (a Hitachi 7K160) and used USBDeview to calculate the read and write speeds achieved by using the enclosure. The results will then be compared to the speeds achieved from the following setups:
- Vizo Luxon with Hitachi 7K160 (exact same drive)
- iStorage Disk Genie
- OCZ Rally2 USB Stick
- Lexar JumpDrive Lightning USB Stick
Obviously the most significant comparison will be between the Tsunami Ultimate II and the Vizo Luxon setup as they use the same hard drive. However, it’ll also be interesting to compare the performance to that of other portable storage devices.
As you can see, the results clearly show the two enclosures with the Hitachi hard drive installed leading in performance. Winning the best read speed is the Vizo Luxon hard drive enclosure with it having a 1.03mb/s advantage over the Tsunami. However, scoring the highest write speed is the Tsunami with a winning 26.58mb/s – although only a miniscule 0.12mb/s advantage.