New 2.5" Thunderbolt dock - Blackmagic MultiDock

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by treestar, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010

    It was announced at the beginning of the year, released last month, and no one is reviewing it.

    Quick specs:

    4 x 2.5" SATA II 3Gb/s
    1 x Thunderbolt 1 interface
    1 x AC power
    Software RAID only

    Official response:

    Why? It looks like the best 2.5" Thunderbolt dock available but why would they use SATA II controllers instead of SATA III? Other Thunderbolt peripherals like the LaCie 5big can go over 1000 MB/s. I would have liked to RAID 0 two SATA III SSDs to get at least over 800 MB/s but Blackmagic seems to say this isn't possible. Does anyone have experience with it yet, benchmarks, comments?
  2. Alexis1537 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2003
    Paris, France
    I agree, this is weird. I've been tracking this product for a while and when it comes to reviews (even reviews on Amazon where the thing's on sale and in stock), zero/nada/zip. :eek:

    Is there a Bermuda Triangle thing going on with this product where any review mysteriously disappears?
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Very late to into a TB1 interface. It should be TB2 that is backwards compatible with TB1. This is almost too little too late.
  4. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
  5. treestar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    I was considering ordering it today but after finally after getting some replies on this thread and finding I am not alone, my confidence is again shaken. There are still no reviews on B&H or Amazon, but Gearslutz users are posting a few details about it.

    I did learn about one more ideal design feature that wasn't getting mention previously; it's fanless. I still find myself trying to justify the products shortcomings though, namely the SATA 2 controllers, single Thunderbolt port and the now surpassed Thunderbolt Rev 1 controller. With all the other bottlenecks of the MultiDock it probably doesn't even matter at this point.

    I could potentially deal with the inability to daisy chain because the Retina MacBook Pros and Mac Pro are going to have at least 2 Thunderbolt ports. As I said, I'm finding myself working to excuse it's downfalls. It seems like a clean product but it's sizable investment that has no future at this point. Will the controllers be enough a year from now? Will someone else come along in six months and have something up to date that I should wait for? It took so long for the MultiDock to come out. No other designers are promising a dock like this.
  6. fredr500 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    One thing to remember on the rMBP is that while it comes with 2 TB ports, it does not have a wired ethernet port, but a TB (or mini display port) to Ethernet adapter exists, and if you need VGA or DVI to an external monitor that takes up a TB port.

    I'm not sure if this dock has a LAN port, but if not the lack of daisy chain would be a deal breaker for me.

    I've been using a Belkin TB dock, it has LAN, audio, USB, FW3 and a TB daisy chain. I'm happy with it but would probably go with a newer dock if buying today.
  7. treestar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    It's not a full featured dock. It's a disk dock. 4 SATA slots. That's all. It's designed for the video industry to use raw data from SSD's. I'm trying to use it for scratch disks and some project data.
  8. treestar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    They have just updated to version 2 with 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports and 4 x SATA III 6 Gbps controllers. Same price :cool:
  9. williamh macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2006

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