Product

NT2 U31C

SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2)

By incorporating the latest SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2) technology, the NT2 U31C is able to deliver up to twice the speed of the USB 3.1 Gen 1 and the older USB 3.0 devices. The USB-C connection is compatible with both USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 computers. At the same time, when using the included USB-C to USB Type A adapter cable, the device is still backwards compatible with the widely used USB 3.0 and even USB 2.0 technology.

NT2 U31C transfer rates

Compact Dual-Bay Design

This dual-bay storage enclosure is designed to house up to two 3.5-inch SATA drives with the option to create a RAID set according to your own preferences. The small footprint makes this the ideal storage expansion for your crowded desktop.

Dual-Bay RAID Enclosure

Hardware RAID Controller

Utilizing the built-in hardware RAID controller, you can mirror the drives as a reliable backup for your important data, stripe the drives for optimal disk speeds or you can combine the drives for a large storage volume. Setting it to Non-RAID, the drives can be seen and managed as two individual disks.

Hardware RAID controller

Benchmark

Results will vary depending on the test environment and the drives but in order to really experience the faster transfer rates of the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface at speeds of up to 10Gbps, it’s necessary to install two SSDs and create a striped RAID set.

For traditional 3.5″ hard disk drives, the transfer rate is limited by the disk itself. Depending on the RPM, the maximum disk speed is around 100-200 MB/s. Even when using RAID 0, the transfer rate is limited by the disk speed to around 400 MB/s, no matter if the device is connected to a USB 3.0 computer at 5Gbps or a USB 3.1 Gen 2 computer at 10Gbps.

Benchmark results for HDDs

Even though the NT2 U31C storage enclosure is not designed for the smaller 2.5″ drives, it’s still possible to install and use SSDs with a 2.5″ to 3.5″ drive adapter like the Neutrino Bridge for example.

When the device is connected to a USB 3.0 computer at 5Gbps, the transfer rate is limited by the USB interface to around 400 MB/s. When it’s connected to a USB 3.1 Gen 2 computer or a Thunderbolt 3 computer, the SSDs can run at full SATA 6Gb/s speed and deliver around 500 MB/s or around 800-900 MB/s when striped in a RAID 0 set.

Benchmark results for SSDs