SilverStone SST-EC03B USB 3.0 PCI Express Card Review

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The Test System

SilverStone SST-EC03B Test System

With installation complete, the SST-EC03B will be benchmarked with a Western Digital 7,200RPM 1TB hard drive (WD1002FAEX) and used in a USB 3.0 capable external enclosure, the SilverStone SST-TS07B. HDTune (v2.55) and CrystalDiskMark (v3.0) will be used with the following test bench set up:

  • Intel Core i7-950 Processor
  • EVGA E760 Classified motherboard
  • Corsair Hydro H70 cooler
  • Corsair Dominator GT 6GB DDR3 memory (3 x 2GB)
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 480’s in SLI
  • Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium
  • Western Digital 300GB VelociRaptor (WD3000HLFS)
  • Lite-On iHAS424-08 DVD burner
  • Lite-On iHDS118-04 optical drive
  • SilverStone SST-FT02 enclosure
  • SilverStone FP35 media reader

Benchmarks are run on a fresh Windows 7 64-bit install and all programs and applications not necessary to testing are disabled. All tests and benchmarking are conducted in a controlled environment, while ensuring that the ambient air temperature is kept at a consistent 22 degrees Celsius. Testing will consist of the SST-EC03B being benchmarked using the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 specifications with a SilverStone SST-TS07B external enclosure.

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