Aluminum vs. plastic external enclosure for SSD?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Jottle, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. Jottle macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2003
    Does an external enclosure with an SSD in it benefit from being aluminum (metal) over the cheaper plastic ones? I'm planning on booting my imac off an external ssd connected via usb 3.0. Should I care about heat dissipation with an ssd as an external boot drive? Looking for advice. Searching on here, many people recommend OWC enclosures or the cheapy plastic inateck (uasp optimized) enclosure.
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    The material shouldn't matter at all. Heat shouldn't be a problem either.

    Just make sure it's UASP enabled. Inateck's offerings are well-respected.
  3. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    I would go metal for heat management and looks.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    Something I've noticed about all the SSD's I own -- Crucial, Intel, and Sandisk -- is that they emit very little heat. The newer Sandisks don't even grow warm.

    For that reason, I don't think plastic vis-a-vis metal makes any difference at all.

    As JJToft mentioned above, what DOES make a difference is that the enclosure you use is specifically stated to have UASP (USB attached SCSI protocol). Without it, you can't reach the full transfer speeds of which USB3 is capable.
  5. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I'm a big fan of the Inateck's cases... I have 4 or 5 for various older hard drives...

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