Akitio Launches 2.5" Quad Thunderbolt 3 Storage Device for New MacBook Pro

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Akitio has announced the release of the its Thunder3 Quad Mini, a 2.5" four-bay Thunderbolt 3 external storage solution for the latest MacBook Pro.


    The aluminum storage device has removable trays designed to house up to four 2.5" SATA SSDs or hard drives purchased separately. The device is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports--the first one connects to the MacBook Pro, and the second one can be used to connect or daisy chain Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C peripherals.

    With Software RAID, Akitio said four striped SSDs can reach data transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s, while four striped hard drives max out at around 400 MB/s. Thunderbolt 3 provides sufficient bandwidth to connect dual 4K displays to the latest MacBook Pro and complete other data transfers simultaneously.


    A dedicated DisplayPort 1.2 video output provides connectivity to the 4K displays at 60Hz, while the device supports Power Delivery up to 15W to notebooks that support charging from a 5V/3A power source. 15W is hardly sufficient wattage for the latest MacBook Pro, which fully charges at up to 85W with Apple's own charger.

    Akitio said the Thunder3 Quad Mini will be available in March for $329 alongside five other Thunderbolt 3 storage devices it sells.

    Article Link: Akitio Launches 2.5" Quad Thunderbolt 3 Storage Device for New MacBook Pro
  2. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2012
    any details on speeds WITHOUT being in a RAID mode for SSDs? assuming it does support JBOD and would show as 4 separate drives if setup for that.
  3. zaphoyd macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2002
    Curious if anyone knows or has tested what happens when multiple power sources are plugged into a USB Power delivery enabled system.

    For example the 4K LG USB Type C Monitor that delivers 60W of power and this disk array that delivers 15W, if they were both plugged into a 15 inch MBP would it charge at 60W or 75W?
  4. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Looks to be around 400-500 MB/s.
  5. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    As Joe said above... separate drives should be the speed of each individual drive.

    That's how it usually works in JBOD mode.
  6. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    The potentials of the new MacBook Pro are starting to show.

    I predict "multiple cables" will be a thing of the past by the end of 2018.......

    .....except for a few people on MR of course.
  7. RandomRazer Suspended

    Jun 14, 2016
    what is raid mode in simple terms?
  8. Deemr macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2014
    What monitor are they using on that shot. Looks decent.
  9. Joe Rossignol, Jan 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017

    Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    This Thunder3 Quad Mini uses RAID 0, which essentially combines the four drives into one, but there is a risk of data loss as there is no redundancy.


  10. bartvk macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2016
    The Netherlands
    I routinely sit around 15-20W during regular usage, so as Joe notes, this just isn't sufficient. I wonder why that limit is there. Probably there's some engineering reason -- would the unit get too hot (and thus need a fan) otherwise?
  11. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Nice looking and bet quite decent, shame it doesn't have for instance a1 USB port.
    I also think for this price it should include automatic fan control, I see only one fan switch on the back, on
    or Off only.
    Price should be a bit south of $300.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 12, 2017 ---
    Weird that power can't actually bypass this device, as in, you connect a 100 watt charger to it and it will be able to deliver that power to the next device even when this device would be off, or any other device.
  12. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2012
    thanks for the info! this product (or a few of them daisy-chained) could very well make sense for some of my external SSD storage connection needs in the future, especially with what looks to be easily removable/swappable pallets.

    anyone know if they're mostly quiet?
    --- Post Merged, Jan 12, 2017 ---
    Thanks. Sometimes these type of external units add a bottleneck vs direct attachment, so was not 100% sure. Looks to be interesting.
  13. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
  14. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Tech specs say fan is 23 dB(A). There's a sound clip of a 25 dB(A) fan at bottom of this chart: http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/tecar.html

    Read some online comments equating it to a "loud whisper."

    Can't say for sure.
  15. voyager77 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    It looks like a Dell P2415Q. It's a 24" - 4K screen. I have one of those and it's good for the price.
  16. Dsching Suspended


    Sep 11, 2014
  17. btrach144 macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2015
    Why hasn't anyone made a TB3 NVMe enclosure. I can imagine 2 Samsung 960 Pro in RAID 1. Blazing fast speed and redundancy.
  18. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    This is the best ELI5 for RAID I have ever read.

    As a storage, server, network engineer, this will make my job a lot easier when explaining RAID to customers and junior technicians!

    Thank you!
  19. compete12 macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2010
    What's the speed after daisy-chaining it thru 3 dongles?
  20. okboy macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    A Youtuber plugged in 4 Macbook Pro USB-C power supplies and it immediately stopped charging and lost the ability to be charged. Effectively it broke. Not sure if that applies to 15E extra power or not.
  21. koruki macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2009
    New Zealand
    why raid0 for those speeds, you can easily get these speeds on a single Samsung 960 M.2, you can get an external M.2 enclosure and be hitting 3500MBps.
  22. Mr Dobey macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    Akitio makes a 2500MBs TB3 PCIE drive. I would love to see a RAID 0 setup which would in theory max out TB3
  23. Ollyp macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2017
    This should help explain...
  24. moonjelly macrumors regular


    Aug 18, 2016
    The Mac chooses the one with the most output.
  25. itsLouieV macrumors regular


    Oct 21, 2010
    geez, I feel like a raid array (or something better then jbod) is in my near future... I wish drobo would make enclosures this sexy.

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