Thunderbolt madness - Price dropping Yeeeeh

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  1. FireWire2 macrumors 6502

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    The selection of empty thunderbolt enclosure for 3.5“ drive is still limited.
     
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    DATOptic site offers disk-less enclosures - i saw a Thunderbolt to 5x SATAIII(6Gb) tray less - disk-less for $399.00 (after $70.00 discount)
     
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    Corrected
     
  5. RCAFBrat macrumors regular

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    Don't expect this to change: single spinning drive transfer rate is way too slow to make bandwidth of TB necessary.

    We do see 2.5" enclosures since these will fit an SSD without an adapter of some sort (I am guessing the higher capacity 2.5" HDD are offered simply as a means of improving ROI as much as possible by increasing options / having lower cost introductory product relative to SSD with little to no NRE); there are some advantages of TB over USB 3.0 although speed is not one of them!

    Cheers
     
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    :confused: So an EMPTY encolsure is STILL priced way above $99.

    Someone please explain this to me. There is no drive in the encolsure, is the TB controller REALLY that expensive? I just dont get it. An empty enclosure should be around $99 or hey, even $150 is kind of excusable. But these prices are absurd.

    I bought a LaCie TB SSD for $199 and it has a 128 gig SSD in it. Why the hell is an EMPTY enclosure more expensive. Am I missing something or... :confused:
     
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    Not quite - there are lot of offers as disk-less enclosure, if you look
     
  8. RCAFBrat, Jan 22, 2014
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    RCAFBrat macrumors regular

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    Not so sure; only single 3.5" enclosure I can find is the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt and it is not offered diskless. I believe the CalDigit T1 is on the back burner for the time being. Multi bay enclosures that support RAID are a different story (fair number available) but they can potentially take advantage of higher speeds compared to a single spinning disk.

    Check out Intel's Thunderbolt website that lists existing & planned products:

    https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products

    From what I've read this website pretty much lists all of the available products although Pegasus 2 is a notable exception. Correction: DAT Optic Thunderbolt offerings also not listed.

    Cheers
     

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