These are fantastic, very fast enclosures which are available in following “flavours” : desktop versions: 4-bay, 6-bay, 8-bay, 12-bay and rackmounted versions: 12-bay and 24 bay.
All take SAS as well as SATA drives and do come with hardware RAID (0, 1, 5, 10, 6, 50 and 60 or JBOD/single). Enclosures are very well made and comes with 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports. It is one of the best direct attached units which can deliver really nice performance!
Units are powered with a 1.2GHz dual-core ROC and it comes with 2GB of DDR3-1866MHz ECC memory which trust me, is more than enough what you will need for direct attached box.
Areca is offering 3 years warranty on their products, I do recommend using WD Gold drives inside these units as they are much faster than regular drives (even up to 20% faster) and they are very stable.
Box comes with installation guide, power cord, Thunerbolt 3 cable as well as ethernet cable (which is used only for managment and box cannot be linked to your network)
While doing a test using ATTO disk benchmark we were able to see reading speeds going from 2500MB/s to 2700MB/s which was pretty impressive, write performance was also not bad going up to 1000MB/s!
It is an excellent unit for everyone who has latest Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports and require loads of storage space to work on 4K/8K video projects.
These units are available at SPAN.COM with very short lead time and you can get them even pre-configured with drives.
Here are specific links to the products:
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: Areca ARC-8050T3
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