Today I would like to tell you a little more about excellent product I recently tested, it is a great little enclosure which will work with any Mac which has Thunderbolt 3, if you do have older Thunderbolt port you would need an adapter sold by Apple (usually about £50)
Netstor NA611TB3 is a very small, portable enclosure which will take two m.2 NVMe drives, these drives are extremely fast, I do recommend using Samsung 960EVO drives with this setup, best size for 4K editing would be 1TB (cost about £380+VAT each) and have 3 years warranty, drives are capable of 3200MB/s read speeds which are amazing. If you would need more capacity then other option is 2TB Samsung 960 PRO drive, they are much more expensive (around £925+VAT each) but you get 5 years warranty and 3500MB/s read speeds. I still recommend going with two 1TB drives for any projects you may have and once project is completed you can move it onto the NAS.
Netstor’s asking price for their 611TB3 model is around £230+VAT which make that solution extremely affordable for all professionals, product comes with 2 years warranty and you can use your MAC OS X software to create RAID 0 (to have one large drive and super performance) as well as RAID 1 if you need any sort of security in case of the drive failure. If you have however a NAS or any other backup for your work then RAID 0 will be far more beneficial! You can also have this unit set as single volume using just one NVMe drive or have two drives installed and showed as JBOD (two individual volumes).
NA611TB3 is made from aluminium which gives extremely nice feeling and its super light (about 600g without the adapter). It has two Thunderbolt 3 outputs so you can easily daisy chain your other Thunderbolt devices (up to 6x devices all together can be daisy chained), there is also a little switch for your fan so you can turn the fan into faster/nosier mode when drives start to produce more heat. Unit is very quiet and even comes with short 0.5m cable.
I have run some tests using latest iMac and that little enclosure and was able to get 1260MB/s write speeds under RAID 0 setup and read speed was in the region of 2360MB/s.
Where you can buy the unit with drives? Best supplier for these is SPAN.COM
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Span.com will be more than happy to build drives inside the enclosure for you and test if everything works so you will receive your device ready to plug and play, this service is completely FREE and highly recommended. SPAN.COM ship worldwide so wherever you are they can fulfill your order!
Do not forget to put special code at the checkout which will give you special discount for these as well as all products on span.com website, that code is: lucasokrasiak
More about the box can be read on manufacturer website here: Netstor NA611TB3
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