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CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt RAID Enclosure Review - Three Drive Thunderbolt Storage for your Mac or PC - Final Thoughts

CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt RAID Enclosure Review - Three Drive Thunderbolt Storage for your Mac or PC
High capacity, high performance external storage from CalDigit for your Mac or PC. We take the T3 Thunderbolt RAID for a spin in the lab.
| Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 3:11 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: CalDigit

Final Thoughts

 

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After a successful unboxing of the CalDigit T3, I instantly knew I was holding a top tier storage solution. I say this because whether it's the weight or the aesthetics of a product (or even both), somehow we know when something is built really well. As expected, based upon my past experience with CalDigit products, the build quality of the T3 was top notch. The pure aluminum structure of the T3 really lets you know how much time and effort went into machining this solution.

 

Performance of the T3 with the included 2TB Toshiba HDDs was quite good, which in all tests was able to reach marketing specifications, and even exceed them in AJA System Test by a fair amount. RAID 1 performance was just under a single disk volume, which was expected, and comes at the cost of data redundancy. However, single drive performance was quite simply astounding. I'm not even sure if I have seen a standard 3.5" spinner move data this fast in my lifetime; maybe the WD Black could do the same, but the Toshiba drives have typically been just as fast or faster, with lower power requirements.

 

Noise levels of the CalDigit T3 were more than acceptable; in fact, you wouldn't know it was running if it weren't for the blue LEDs on the front panel. The only negative thing I could find with the T3 was the lack of a Thunderbolt cable included in the package, surely they could afford to toss one in after you pay for the device with drives.

 

The CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt comes in many variations including 3TB, 6TB, 9TB, and 12TB hard drive based models, with MSRPs coming in at $449.99, $749.99, $899.99, and $1199.99 respectively. Solid State based models are available in 2.88TB capacity, with a MSRP of $2799.99. All CalDigit T3 RAID models come with a one-year warranty. As you know, pricing and availability may change with time, so please feel free to look at current pricing below.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt (9TB) retails for $899.00 at Amazon, and the CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt (12TB) retails for $1,199.00 at Amazon.

 

 

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