OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 8-Port Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure

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OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 8-Port Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure
Key Features
  • 8 x 3.5" / 2.5" SATA / SAS Drive Bays
  • 4 x U.2 NVMe SSD Compatible Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 | DisplayPort
Streamline your professional workflow with the versatile OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 8-Port Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure, which includes two 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports to connect to your computer and daisy chain compatible devices such as additional storage drives and displays. This powerful 8-bay enclosure supports 3.5" and 2.5" SATA drives, and it can be upgraded to work with SAS drives by installing a separately purchased controller card. You can also install up to four U.2 NVMe solid-state drives into the ThunderBay Flex 8 for exceptionally fast performance. Installed drives can be put into RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 4, 5, or JBOD configuration with transfer speeds reaching up to 2750 MB/s. A PCIe 3.0 x16 slot is available for installing compatible expansions such as network adapters, capture cards, M.2 SSD storage adapters, hardware RAID controllers, and more. Please note that the ThunderBay Flex 8 does not support dedicated GPUs.
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OWC Thunderbay Flex 8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Flexible Storage
  • 3Ultra-Fast SSD Support
  • 4Thunderbolt 3
  • 5USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • 6PCIe Expansion
  • 7Integrated Card Readers
  • 8Cooling
  • 9SoftRAID

Streamline your professional workflow with the versatile OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 8-Port Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure, which includes two 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports to connect to your computer and daisy chain compatible devices such as additional storage drives and displays. This powerful 8-bay enclosure supports 3.5" and 2.5" SATA drives, and it can be upgraded to work with SAS drives by installing a separately purchased controller card. You can also install up to four U.2 NVMe solid-state drives into the ThunderBay Flex 8 for exceptionally fast performance. Installed drives can be put into RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 4, 5, or JBOD configuration with transfer speeds reaching up to 2750 MB/s. A PCIe 3.0 x16 slot is available for installing compatible expansions such as network adapters, capture cards, M.2 SSD storage adapters, hardware RAID controllers, and more. Please note that the ThunderBay Flex 8 does not support dedicated GPUs.

Other features include a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, which can transfer up to 10 Gb/s with compatible devices. The front panel has integrated SD card and CFexpress readers that allow you to quickly transfer video footage, photos, and other files to the installed drives. For added convenience, there is also a DisplayPort 1.4 output that supports 8K displays, so you can quickly view your work in high detail. The ThunderBay Flex 8 works with macOS 10.15 or later systems and limited support for Windows computers.

Flexible Storage

Up to eight 3.5" / 2.5" SATA storage drives that can be put into RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 4, 5, or JBOD configuration with transfer speeds reaching up to 2750 MB/s. You can SAS drives by swapping out the pre-installed SATA controller with a separately purchased SAS controller.

Ultra-Fast SSD Support

The ThunderBay Flex 8 supports up to four U.2 NVMe solid-state drives, which can deliver exceptionally fast performance that can take fuller advantage of the 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth for ProRes footage and other extremely large files. Alternatively, you can install M.2 SSDs into the enclosure by using separately purchased U.2 adapters.

Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also transmits data via USB 3.1 at up to 10 Gb/s, and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to connect up to two 4K displays simultaneously. Additionally, you can daisy chain up to six devices from a single Thunderbolt 3 port.

USB 3.2 Gen 2

The ThunderBay Flex 8 features USB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C ports. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, USB 3.2 Gen 2 features a maximum throughput of 10 Gb/s when used with compatible devices.

PCIe Expansion

This enclosure includes two PCIe 3.0 x16 x4 slots, one of which has a SATA controller card, allowing you to install compatible expansions such as network adapters, capture cards, SSD storage devices, and more. Please note that the ThunderBay Flex 8 does not support GPUs.

Integrated Card Readers

The front panel includes SD card and CFexpress readers that allow you to quickly transfer video footage, photos, and other files.

Cooling

A 120mm fan helps to maintain optimal temperatures.

SoftRAID

With SoftRAID, you can quickly access and protect your data by quickly creating RAID volumes through a guided process. Multiple RAID options are available, letting you decide which configuration best suits your needs to balance between performance and data redundancy.
UPC: 810586035071

OWC Thunderbay Flex 8 Specs

General
Number of Bays8 x 2.5"/3.5"
Media Card SlotsSD/SDHC/SDXC
CFexpress
Connections2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s))
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s))
2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s))
1 x DisplayPort (DisplayPort 1.4)
Compatible Drive InterfaceSAS (Unspecified Version), SATA (Unspecified Version), NVMe
Form FactorDesktop
Maximum RAID Transfer Rate2750 MB/s
RAID ModesRAID 0, 0+1, 1, 4, 5, JBOD
Hot-Swap SupportYes
Operating System SupportmacOS/OS X
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.15 or Later
Electrical
Power SourceAC Adapter
PSU Wattage1 x 504 W
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 4 to 8 A
AC Input Power VAC50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power12 VDC at 42 A
Security
EncryptionNone
Security FeaturesNone
Environmental
Operating Temperature50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
Operating Humidity8 to 90%
Storage Temperature-40 to 300°F / -40 to 149°C
Storage Humidity5 to 95%
Physical
Cooling1 x 120 mm Fan
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.9 x 13.7 x 15.4" / 14.9 x 34.9 x 39 cm
Weight20.3 lb / 9.2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight27.265 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.9 x 18.8 x 11.6"
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