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CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 Quad-Drive RAID Array Storage Unit Review

CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 Quad-Drive RAID Array Storage Unit Review
CalDigit adds RAID 5 support and launches the T4 Thunderbolt 2 four-drive RAID array external storage unit. Here's our full review of the device.
By: Tyler Bernath | Thunderbolt in Storage | Posted: Dec 18, 2014 7:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: CalDigit

Introduction

 

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Over the two going on three years I have been here at TweakTown, we have had a few CalDigit products come through the lab. Just last month, we had the chance to look at the revamped T3 that added Thunderbolt 2 technology to the classic three bay chassis and today we take a look at yet another new release from CalDigit.

 

The T4 Thunderbolt 2 adds a fourth bay to the iconic CalDigit chassis along with Thunderbolt 2 support. RAID modes have been upgraded adding in RAID 5 for this solution, along with the standard RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD.

 

 

Pricing, Availability and Specifications

 

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Marketing specifications for the CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 have the weight of the unit coming in just over 7.2lbs with SSDs installed, while HDDs increase the weight by nearly five pounds up to 12.5lbs. RAID mode support includes RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD with hot swappable drives. Cooling the enclosure, we have an 80mm fan operating at 1500 RPM pushing 21.9CFM at 17dba. Compatibility of the T4 Thunderbolt 2 extends to OS X 10.8+.

 

The CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 comes in many variations, including 4TB ($899.99), 8TB ($1199.99), 12TB ($1399.99), 16TB ($1699.99) and 20TB ($1999.99) hard drive based models. Solid State based models are available in a 4TB capacity, with a MSRP of $3299.99. Each of these units carries a five-year warranty.

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