ADATA Nobility NH-03 Review

By Nimish Sawant | Updated Nov 13 2011
ADATA Nobility NH-03 Review
DIGIT RATING
80 /100
  • design

    80

  • performance

    90

  • value for money

    60

  • features

    80

  • PROS
  • Brilliant design
  • Superb performance
  • CONS
  • None

Verdict

ADATA Nobility NH03 offers an economical cost per GB of Rs. 4.6 which is more than the WD My Book Essential 3TB drive which costs Rs. 3.9 per GB. But if you do not want that kind of capacity and are on a budget, this is the best powered drive you can get your hands on. At a mere Rs. 4300 you are getting a great performing drive which also looks better than most of the other drives on the market. Also its features such as encryption, one-button backup add value. Recommended by us.

ADATA Nobility NH-03 detailed review

Features:
ADATA Nobility NH03 provides a one button backup feature, which was seen in very few external hard drives. It has included a 256-bit AES encryption for protecting your data from unauthorized access. You also get utilities such as PCCloneEx and Turbo HDD software which boosts your speeds by some 10 percent for read performance.


Design and Build:
ADATA Nobility NH03 scores in the looks department. It has a piano black glossy finish and is rectangular in shape with concave sides and edges. There are enough grooves around the edges to keep the drive within well ventilated. On the front portion you have a button for backing up data. This button has a good feedback. On the rear side you have a USB port, a power port and a switch to turn the drive on or off.

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K @3.4GHz
Motheboard: Intel DP67BG
RAM: 2x2GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 RAM @1333MHz (timing: 9-9-9-24)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
OS Drive: Intel SSDSA2H080GIGN (80 GB SSD)
RAID 0 Combination: 2 x 300GB WD Velociraptor
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6850
Power Supply: Corsair HX620W

Performance:
The drive gives unformatted space of 931.51 GB. It gave a Read Burst speed of 185.7 MB/s which was the highest among its contemporaries. In the real world testing which involved transferring 4GB sequential and assorted files from the WD drive to the RAID array and back we got the following scores. Read / Write (sequential file) in MB/s – 129.91 / 124 and Read / Write (Assorted) in MB/s –118.79 / 77.25. Performance wise this was the fastest drive in out comparison tests. It was the winner of the Best Performer award as its transfer speeds scores were better than all the other external HDDs that we tested. It took 34.97 secs to open a 1 GB PSD file when used as a scratch disk which was around 4 secs slower than the WD My Book Essential 3TB drive.

Verdict:
ADATA Nobility NH03 offers an economical cost per GB of Rs. 4.6 which is more than the WD My Book Essential 3TB drive which costs Rs. 3.9 per GB. But if you do not want that kind of capacity and are on a budget, this is the best powered drive you can get your hands on. At a mere Rs. 4,300 you are getting a great performing drive which also looks better than most of the other drives on the market. Also its features such as encryption, one-button backup add value. Recommended by us.

Features: 4/5
Performance: 4.5/5
Build Quality:4/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 4/5
Price: Rs.4,300
 

ADATA Nobility NH-03 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹4300
Release Date: 13 Nov 2011
Market Status: Launched
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