Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Rack Review

Installation
We will be installing our OCZ Vertex 3 240GB solid state drive in the NexStar SE.  To install a drive just slide out one of the trays and pop in the drive.  Installation is tool-less, which makes things very easy.

Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Rack Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Rack

Next just slide the NexStar SE into any open 5.25-inch bay in your case.  We installed the NexStar SE in our Thermaltake Level 10 GT case without any issues.  Once you have the NexStar SE mounted just connect the SATA and power connectors and you are good to go.  When you power the system on the LEDs on the front of the NexStar SE will turn on if you have drives installed.  This LED is blue and quite bright, it sort of gets annoying after a while.

Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Rack Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Rack

Testing
There really is not that much to test when its comes to a hard drive rack.  For kicks we used HDTune Pro to test the OCZ Vertex 3 drive.  Here are the results from those tests.

Great results, almost identical to the drive being directly connected to the motherboard itself.  When we originally tested the drive we had an average read of 317.4 MB/s, so the NexStar SE does not slow down the drive at all.

Same thing with the write results, the original test had an average write of 297.7 MB/s.

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