Monoprice Thunderbolt Storage Enclosures

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  1. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    New Monoprice Thunderbolt Storage Enclosures
    Monoprice just announced new Thunderbolt Storage Enclosures:

    http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_...&cs_id=1130705


    They look suspiciously like Akitios.....

    http://www.akitio.com/thunderbolt-series

    Monoprice is priced cheaper, but Akitio throws in TB Cable.

    EDIT: Appears Monoprice includes a TB cable as well. ThunderDuo would be a great device for throwing two SSD's and RAID 0 for some super high speed editing storage.
     
  2. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Not suspiciously like but the same ... the images on the monoprice site show the Akitio name on device
     
  3. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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  4. analog guy macrumors 6502

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    OWC elite dual is TB/USB3 and accommodates 2 3.5" drives.

    i have one sitting next to me. about to open it in the next hour or so.

    the OWC model is $299 vs ~230 or so for the monoprice/akitio.

    i believe the OWC requires power. wonder if the monoprice/akitio can drive two 1TB ssds.
     
  5. paulrbeers thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Seeing as how 3.5" drives would mean mechanical and thus has built in latency, there really isn't much of an advantage of putting 3.5" drives on Thunderbolt compared to USB 3.0. The main advantage of Thunderbolt is 4x the bandwidth and low latency. Unless you RAID 0 4 hard drives, you aren't going to surpass USB 3.0 and the additional latency created by using USB 3.0 isn't really a big deal because the hard drives themselves are already introducing latency since they have considerably seek time..

    Now RAID 0 even two SSD's and you already have surpassed USB 3.0's bandwidth (considerably) and since there is virtually no latency/seek time for a SSD then additional benefit of virtually no latency from TB makes it the perfect connection for SSD's.

    I would love to get one of the ThunderDuo's and shove 2 1TB Samsung EVO's or Crucial M500's in RAID 0 as a super high speed 2TB disk. However, I really have no idea what I would do with a drive that as 1GB/s transfer rates other than put my OS on it I guess?

    (note: I have no idea what I would do, others have very very valid needs for a drive with that kind of transfer rate).
     
  6. chfilm macrumors 65816

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    Could you even get up to 1gb/s with TB1?

    I was always avoiding raid 0 setup but with ssds it seems a lot more interesting than with traditional hard drives. How different would you consider the risk of the raid failing with ssds compared to hdds?
     
  7. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    true but thunderbolt offers daisy chaining and a more consistant transfer speed.
     
  8. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    I cant see it on the OWC site. link?
     
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    The Anandtech review of the Pegasus r6 gets pretty close with 6 SSDs.
     
  12. analog guy macrumors 6502

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    i got 800+ MB/s with 2 Samsung 840 EVO 1TB drives in a Sonnet Echo Express III-D (TB1 at the moment).

    My R4 diskless just arrived, so I'll pop those in tonight and see what I get.

    I'm surprised it took 6 drives to get nearly 1GB/s.
     
  13. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Some 2011 Macs have Thunderbolt 1.0, but no USB 3.0.
     
  14. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    That's not always true:

    Many USB 3.0 implementations, such as USB 3.0 controllers from ASMedia support UASP, which is a SCSI implementation and much faster than USB 3.0 BOT. The speed of USB 3.0 +UASP is similar to the speed of eSATA.
     
  15. paulrbeers thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Seeing as you can get the Caldigit dock with USB 3.0 and a 4 bay USB enclosure for $300 total, even the 2011s can have a 4 bay enclosure for less than a thunderbolt 4 bay enclosure.
     
  16. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    I thought USB 3.0 +UASP costs about as much as TB and has significant latency issues.

    Drive tests are data and data can be tweaked or filtered to show just about anything. :) I have a test suit that brings USB 3.0 +USAP to its knees where eSATA just chugs along...
     
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    You can find them pretty cheap. Here is a USB3 enclosure with the ASMedia 1053e chipset (full SATA III) and UASP for $25. I have not seen any TB enclosures anywhere close to this price.
     
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