Akitio Thunder3 Quad X 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array Enclosure

Akitio Thunder3 Quad X 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array Enclosure

Akitio Thunder3 Quad X 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array Enclosure

Akitio Thunder3 Quad X 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array Enclosure

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  • 4 x 2.5/3.5" Drive Bays
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 Interfaces
  • DisplayPort 1.2 Output
  • Transfer Speeds of up to 1480 MB/s
  • Removable Drive Trays
  • Cooling Fan
  • Power Delivery of up to 27W
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Akitio Thunder 3 Quad X overview

  • 1Description

The AkiTio Thunder3 Quad X 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array Enclosure connects to systems that sport Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to provide RAID capability with up to four user-supplied storage drives. The enclosure's four drive bays can accommodate 2.5 and 3.5" drive sizes and are compatible with hard drives and SSDs sporting a SATA interface. Installing the drives can be easily and quickly accomplished with the included removable drive trays. When SSDs are installed and configured in a RAID 0 array via software, the Thunder3 Quad X delivers up to 1480 MB/s transfer speeds. There's also a fan on board to cool your drives.

The Thunder3 Quad X is armed with two Thunderbolt 3 ports that transmit data at rates of up to 40 Gb/s and feature a reversible USB Type-C interface. The additional Thunderbolt 3 port allows you to daisy chain up to five Thunderbolt 3 devices, while a built-in DisplayPort output lets you connect a monitor directly without needing an adapter. Moreover, the Thunder3 Quad X supports a power delivery of up to 27W for recharging a device's internal battery.

Thunder3 Quad X Features
  • Thunderbolt 3 interface for fast transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s
  • Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 (10 Gb/s), and DisplayPort devices
  • Power delivery provides up to 27W of power to compatible laptops
  • Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace
  • Holds up to four 2.5 or 3.5" drives with SATA 6 Gb/s interface
  • Removable trays for easy SSD and HDD installation
  • Two large handles make it easy to carry the enclosure
  • Large fan for active cooling with power switch
  • Kensington security slot
UPC: 888038002735
In the Box
Akitio Thunder3 Quad X 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array Enclosure
  • Thunderbolt 3 Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Akitio Thunder 3 Quad X specs

    Number of Bays 4 x 2.5"/3.5"
    Connections 2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
    1 x DisplayPort (DisplayPort 1.2)
    Compatible Drive Interface SATA, SATA II, SATA III
    Form Factor Desktop
    RAID Modes RAID 0
    Hot-Swap Support None
    Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
    Power Source Internal Power Supply
    PSU Wattage 1 x 200 W
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power 12 VDC at 16 A
    Encryption None
    Security Features Kensington Security Slot
    Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
    Operating Humidity 5 to 95%
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Certifications BSMI, CE, FCC, RCM, VCCI, as per Manufacturer
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Cooling 1 x Fan
    Noise Level 17.7 dBA
    RAID Controller None
    Status Monitoring LED Indicator
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 9.5 x 5.3 x 8.8" / 24.1 x 13.5 x 22.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 13.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 11.0 x 9.0"

    Akitio Thunder 3 Quad X reviews

    Thunder3 Quad X 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array Enclosure is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good enough for 4K and HD video work I put four WD Gold 6TB drives into this enclosure in RAID 0 mode and then copied a 20GB video project back and forth to the M.2 bus SSD on my 14-core Intel i9 Windows 10 system. It showed sustained reads at 800 MB/s and sustained writes at 500 MB/s. That’s good enough for my video work. Not as fast as the promise of the G-Speed array, but at $1300 saved about $700 in cost vs the G-Speed.  Also tested it with my late 2012 Macbook Pro Thunderbolt 1 connection through an Apple TB1/TB3 converter and got about 180 MB/s sustained performance both read and write. Again, using 20GB collection of MP4 videos and .ISO files.
    Date published: 2018-12-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from JBOD, mix of SSD and HDD, plus display passthru I wasn't interested in RAID, so I'm just using it for 3 HDD and 1 SSD. I also pass through an external 4K display. Works great, doesn't add any more noise than the sound of the HDD (which is by far the loudest thing in my office, maybe because this is acoustically coupled to my large desktop.) In a perfect world, this would be quieter. The included thunderbolt to USB cable is short, so there wasn't the option of putting it on the floor, but I think I'm going to try that out fairly soon. Overall, functions as advertised. I've been using this for several months and I do hammer this enclosure, as it is the time machine backup target for 2 laptops and another desktop.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from macOS HIGH SIERRA is MANDATORY!! Achieves Cheese-Grater (MP5,1) eSata internal disk speed. (3) HDD (1) SSD, very smooth, reliable w/Trash-Can (MP6,1). Use w/TB2 devs req's TB3 - TB2 adapter/'pigtail'. Apples: $50.. Akitio: $65.. Given good stability under High Sierra and Akitios general design/build quality it's 99% probability that: TB3 daisy chaining, providing charging power, etc.. will work as advertised. A GOOD PRODUCT!
    Date published: 2018-01-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Buy!!! Ease installation for iMac Pro - no manual required but you need to have a screw driver handy Fast access time - with 4 X HGST 6TB NAS HDD, almost 900mb/s - Tested by Blackmagic Disk Speed Test Budget friendly - Can't find any similar price RAID array with thunderbolt 3 in this price range Good interface - additional thunderbolt and dp port Nice looking case If the power switch located in the side panel, I will be more than happy to see that. (My G-Technolgy is doing the same). I put the back panel towards me for easy access to the power switch to me - a nice case looks ugly.
    Date published: 2018-09-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow Raid-Z Performance This enclosure has no onboard raid card, so it all has to be performed in software. OSX can set up a Raid1 or Raid0 using disk utility, which produces good results in Raid0 (800MB/Sec read/write) �with good HDDs. But this leave no redundancy, and the Raid-Z setup using ZFS that is suggested with this enclosure is horribly slow, about 150MB/Sec which is dismal considering an single drive is well over 200.
    Date published: 2017-12-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Painless integration with updated Pro Tools/MacBook Pro �Rig I recently replace my old 2007 MacPro tower and 2010 MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Pro. I bought this enclosure to put my MacPros hard drives in. I took me less than 15 minutes to swap them in (and dust them off) and it was plug and play from there. The Chassis is quite robust and matches my new space grey MacBook Pro nicely. I've had no trouble with it's functionality either. Combined with the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, I haven't compromised any of the functionality or connectivity of my old set up. The fan is a little loud and is comparable to my old MacPro, which can be a bit annoying for audio recording/mixing. Although, it can be switched off for short periods of time while recording. The chassis is also a bit resonant and can ring with harmonic material or the fan. Placing a rag under the two top handles seems to solve most of this though. This is definitely meant for a permanent set up too, as it's a little large and heavy to lug around and cannot be bus powered. All in all it's certainly a great Enclosure, especially considering the price.
    Date published: 2018-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Awesome! I'm running a total of four 6TB WD Red Pro 7200rpm drives striped with RAID0 for speed. �Check out these speeds! (pictured) �Very happy! �Just keep in mind, you can only use the new APFS with SSDs.
    Date published: 2018-02-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great Works great, very silent, even with the fan on. 2 reasons for giving only 4 stars: - I wish it would be faster to remove a disk and insert another one... not really a hot swapable enclosure, think more about installing permanently 4 big hard drives. - I also wish there was an on/off switch for each drive, instead of having all drives connected to the computer everytime I turn the enclosure on But despite these minor details, works great so far!!
    Date published: 2018-11-13
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