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Areca ARC-8050T2 Thunderbolt 2 8-Bay RAID Tower DAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Thunderbolt in Storage | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Areca

Test System Setup






In testing the performance of Thunderbolt storage solutions, we utilize the Apple MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 model, which as of this article is running OS X 10.9.1. Full system specifications are available above. To create RAID volumes in OS X I use Apple Disk Utility with 64K stripe size.


In addition to this, we use a Windows test system seen above for Thunderbolt appliances that support. Benchmarks used in Windows include IOMeter 1.1; all volumes use a 128K-stripe size and are tested without a file system.



AJA System Test




Check the performance of any drive on your system to ensure it is tuned for the performance you need.



Areca Web Management




Starting out with the web management GUI, we look at the system information tab. Here we can see the firmware information along with more detailed information about the RoC.




Next up we look at our RAID set hierarchy.




The hardware monitor tab, gives information about the temperatures inside the unit.




The ARC-8050T2 supports SNMP where you can setup then monitor your RAID tower remotely.




Next up we look at the Ethernet configuration, here you can setup the 8050T2 for remote access.




In the next menu, we have the RAID stagger power control.




The advanced configuration menu allows you to change TLER, along with optimize the Areca for streaming.




System configuration allows simpler setup options such as SATA NCQ and Disk Write Cache mode.




Here we have a mixed drive set in the Areca unit. Within the RAID set menu, you can create multiple arrays to suite your needs.




Here we have setup a 12TB RAID 6 array. Within this menu, you can setup multiple volume for each RAID set.

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