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Both the dock and adapter ship with a software package that includes sync, backup, and monitoring applications as well as a utility called TurboHDD. The program sits in the taskbar and is used to somehow magically boost the performance using USB 3.0.
JMicron's Turbo utility.
HD Tach Benchmark: VelociRaptor 600GB (USB 3.0) in Turbo mode.
With Turbo enabled the drive's burst speed went through the roof, and sequential reads got a nice bump except at the very beginning and end of the drive. However when it came to real world file transfers, only smaller file transfers were sped up; our small file test improved by 3~4 MB/s using this feature, while our larger file tests (700 MB and higher) showed no improvement at all.
The MUKii TransImp USB 3.0 SATA/IDE adapter and hard drive dock are not terribly exciting or compelling products, but they represent a class of useful tools provided your system (or systems) has USB 3.0 support. The ability to quickly connect drives externally to backup data, blast on system images, etc. is incredibly convenient for anyone who deals with computer hardware on a regular basis and of course the performance boost over USB 2.0 is simply enormous. With most hard drives you can expect excellent speeds, close to or equivalent to that of internal drives.
Of the two, the adapter is the more functional as it works with IDE and SATA drives, whether they be notebook or desktop models. It is one of the more essential gadgets a PC guru can own, particularly because it's portable. The AC adapter is a little bulky, but necessary as USB does not provide enough power to spin-up desktop hard drives. Our only issue with the device is the trouble we encountered when using it with an Asus P6X58D Premium board. The adapter would lose its connection during large file transfers, though this may have been an isolated problem with our product sample. It would be a major flaw if it did not work the NEC controller as it is utilized by various motherboard manufacturers.
The dock by definition is designed to be a more or less a stationary device meant to give a single PC access to a number of different drives that have no permanent home. It works well enough for what it is but it would've been nice if there were an eject button given how light MUKii made the dock. It weighs almost half that of the Thermalright BlacX USB/eSATA dock so if a connected drive gets a little stuck, yanking on the drive could pull the dock up with it.
Our thanks to MUKii for the TransImp SATA/IDE USB 3.0 adapter and Hard Drive Dock sample.
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