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LaCie 8big Thunderbolt 2 1U Rack Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: May 26, 2016 12:45 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: LaCie

Packaging and a Closer Look

 

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Images were a little tougher than normal for this solution, as it is simply too big for the booth where I typically take pictures. With that said, the 8big enjoys some serious packaging.

 

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Opening things up, everything has its place and all is packed tightly together.

 

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Here, we have the rails for those of you wanting to rack mount this unit. With this unit being on loan, we just placed it on the table and put it to work.

 

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I have never used a device like the one above, but it does appear to be a cable management solution that ships with the 8big.

 

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In the accessories box, we found two power cables, screws, and a Thunderbolt cable.

 

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Moving on, all eight of the drives were tucked away in this foam carrier. These are 6TB desktop drives from Seagate.

 

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Finally, we get down to the rack itself. As you can see, it too is packed quite well with plastic caps to protect the corners.

 

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Looking at the front of the 8big, the unit has thumbscrews to secure it on the ends.

 

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Underneath, we have a full host of LEDs for each drive and one for each Thunderbolt connection.

 

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On each end, LaCie gives you a handle that you pull to open the drive bay up.

 

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Above, you can see the layout of the drive bays. The backplane rests in the middle to accommodate eight drives in this configuration.

 

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The three redundant fans, hot swappable.

 

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Here we have the PCB that controls the working of the 8big. Behind it, the chassis has what looks like an intrusion switch.

 

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At the heart of this unit is a Marvell 88RC9580 with some Nanya memory below.

 

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Moving towards the back, we have a DSL5520 Thunderbolt controller and a Parade PS181 for DisplayPort functionality.

 

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Above, dual power supplies each capable of 250W.

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