Galaxy Metal Gear Box Specifications:

Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP
Host Interface SATA + USB 2.0 Combination
Drive Type 3.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s Interface
Drive Position Vertical or Horizontal
Transfer Rates Up to 3Gb/s per SATA specs
Up to 480Mb/s per USB 2.0 specs
Connection Type SATA
Structure Type Aluminum Body
Drive Cooling Passive via Aluminum frame heat dispersion with ventilation ports
Activity Indicators None, Blue LED strip around the case for lighting purposes
OS Support Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS 9.0 or higher
Power Draw 1.9W
Dimensions (LxWxH) 196.2 x 142.4 x 41.2 mm
Weight 1.18 lbs.

The Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP supports current SATA and USB 2.0 specifications. The unit does not provide support for eSATA connections and instead relies upon the standard SATA interface for operation. Galaxy does provide an adapter bracket to utilize an internal SATA header on the motherboard. A USB 2.0 connection is also included for near universal compatibility between personal computer systems.

Galaxy Metal Gear Feature Set

The Galaxy Metal Gear Box SATA/USB 2.0 series is available in a brushed Silver, deep red, or a flat black color scheme. The graphics scheme and included blue LED strips that have a tendency to light up a small room target an audience who like for their product to be noticed. Nothing wrong with that, but the unit might look out of place on desktops with traditional component designs.

GMG Inc. has recently introduced the Metal Gear Box II series that features a revised design and five different color schemes. Both designs feature the same electronics and layout so performance will be similar.

The 3500SASP enclosure does not include a cooling fan and instead relies on a combination of convection cooling and chassis conduction to cool the enclosed hard drive. It can be positioned either horizontally or vertically, but we found the vertical position reduced noise, vibration, and heat. Our only problem with this design was the flimsy mesh inserts that had a bad habit of bending with only a light touch of the fingers. We suggest handing the unit so your fingers stay on the front and back of the main covers.

The connections on the back panel are standard issue for this type of enclosure: a power plug that attaches to the external power brick, USB 2.0 and SATA connections, a switch to enable or disable the disco lights, er, blue LEDs, and a power switch. The unit does not allow simultaneous operation of the USB and SATA connections.

The process of installing the drive is straightforward. All it takes is the removal of the top cover that is accomplished by unscrewing the four thumb screws. Once the top cover is off, drop the drive into the bay, slide the drive forward so the connections are set, replace the top cover, and reinstall the thumb screws. Our only problem was needing a small screw driver to move and hold the LED power cables at the bottom right of the case while installing the drive.

A quick review of the PCB layout shows standard SATA data and power connectors, external ports, and the LED power cable setup.

The accessory kit has everything you need to attach the unit to a system with SATA or high-speed USB 2.0 ports. The included SATA connection bracket connects to an internal SATA port and is required to utilize the unit as an standalone external device. Of course, you could run a SATA cable directly from the unit to one of these ports if required.

We found the quality of the SATA cables to be lacking when compared to cables provided by the motherboard or storage companies but did not have any issues with them during testing. Although the specifications at the website state SATA 1.5Gb/s compatibility and a limit to 500GB drives, we had no issues with our SATA 3Gb/s drives operating at full speed or capacities up to 1TB.

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  • takumsawsherman - Monday, July 16, 2007 - link

    is how long this model lasts. I've had a couple of very similar looking Masscools die on me. There is a real lack of a reliable, metal enclosure, with a built in power supply, quiet fan, and a chipset that just works.

    Though initially disappointed with my PPA/Bytecc with the dreaded Prolific 3507 chipset, after a couple of firmware updates, it seems to be rock solid. ByteCC now sells a mostly metal 5 1/4 inch enclosure with Firewire daisy chain, USB2, and a built in power supply and fan. Still uses that Prolific chipset, but so far I have not had any issues.

    The biggest disappointment for me is how many manufacturers seem to think that we want to carry AC-DC bricks around with us. Using an standard IEC cable means one less thing to remember.
  • AmberClad - Monday, July 16, 2007 - link

    I've had an IDE version of this exact same model for the past three years and it's still working fine. The one I had was manufacturered by PPA though, not Masscool or GMG.

    This particular design (with the anodized aluminum body and Metal Gear Solid knock-off artwork) seems to have been around for quite a few years and it's built by various different companies (makes me wonder who was behind the original design). The SATA interface seems to be new though.
  • RamarC - Monday, July 16, 2007 - link

    My metal gear box with ide drive and fw/usb ports has been running for over 2.5 years now. I've had no problems/issues since installing it.
  • Slash3 - Sunday, July 15, 2007 - link

    Has anyone from Konami seen these things yet? It's bad enough that they put "Metal Gear Box" on the side, in the Metal Gear Solid font, but then they go one further and add the Substance subscript. How Do they get away with it...

    Cheese Factor +10
  • AmberClad - Monday, July 16, 2007 - link

    I'm not sure which is more blatant -- this, or SuperTalent's Walmart-inspired heatspreader artwork :-D.
  • Souka - Monday, July 16, 2007 - link

    They could've put another line under the logo....something like, "It's SOLID"

  • mojotronic - Monday, September 7, 2009 - link

    A solid POS.

    I bought one (a "Substance 2" model -- and I suspect the "substance" referred to is brown and smelly) with a 320 GB Seagate drive and the defective circuitry of the enclosure fried the HD. It worked for about a week when I got it, then one day the blue led light on the bottom flickered erratically and the HD icon disappeared from my desktop. I removed the drive and tested it in my tower and it was dead. As in killed.

    I subsequently tried an old but working 20GB drive in the Metal Gear Box just to confirm that it was the enclosure at fault. The drive mounted. My computer froze. The drive icon disappeared. Upon restarting the drive icon was gone. The drive was dead.

    I will now take a hammer to the nice-looking but ravenous enclosure. I wouldn't trust a replacement, and will never buy another product from Galaxy again.

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