After all of that, who could possibly have a bad thing to say about reaching over 700 MB/s in some tests? Luckily we are still objective even when our jaw is resting on the floor. My biggest complaint is that the unit shipped to us with a defective SFF-8088, the last thing we would think would have an issue. In my little secluded world of reviewing hardware, getting a new controller is a single email away, but stepping back and looking at it in a real world scenario, the whole process would have been agenizing. At some point you have to doubt your entire purchase; could it be the RAID controller, the enclosure or the cable? - Since controllers are expensive, roughly 400 to 900 Dollars depending on the model, and the inability to just run to your hometown computer store to get them, trouble shooting an issue like this can be a very expensive ordeal. Shipping the iStorage Pro iT8SAE back to the reseller is also an expensive option since the entire package weighs fifty pounds.
With the bum cable being my biggest complaint, the front door has to be my minor. The case of the system is built very well, but the front door feels a little flimsy when opened. With the door closed it feels solid, but still would allow someone to turn on or off the system through the door.
On the bright side, the system performed as it should and was able to deliver stellar performance with both of our high power RAID controllers. There shouldn't be many instances where 700 MB/s isn't enough to get the job done. I was expecting to see the Areca ARC-8020 adding more latency, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the system performed as if the drives were attached to an internal controller.
With the ability to hold up to 16TB of data with eight HDDs in RAID 0, you will not be left wanting as far as capacity goes. If you do get to a point where 16TB is not enough, there is always the option of adding another iT8SAE to your configuration.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The iStorage Pro iT8SAE]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Everest Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - AS SSD Copy-Benchmark]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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