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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

Final Thoughts

 

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The 8big is certainly an impressive device, pulling it in from the porch after it was dropped off by UPS, I loathed bringing this thing up that flight of stairs and into the lab. Even if this unit's weight does not impress once you open it up and take a look, the aesthetics are sure to please. With its front panel sharing a Neil Poulton design we know so well, it certainly looks good on the desk next to me and most certainly when racked. Build quality is top notch with everything secured quite well on the PCB, and while the backplane design being a custom design, it does workout quite well in the end.

 

 

Performance of the 8big surprised me a little, and while I did want to hit that magical 1330 MB/s read that's advertised with this unit, my little MacBook Pro just couldn't get it done. With the playback and capture testing, the 8big excelled with Full HD peaking somewhere near 800 FPS in ProRes and HDCAM topped 250 FPS. 8 and 10-bit RGB seemed to take more of a toll on the 8big, but it was still able to reach 125 FPS. Ultra HD was quite hard, but it did provide sufficient performance, never going under 30 FPS in RAID 0, no matter the workload. Peak numbers reached 232 FPS with ProRes while HDCAM topped 70 FPS.

 

As I mentioned in the last few pages, I haven't seen a high-end solution from LaCie for a while, so this was my first experience with the new LaCie manager. It certainly has a much cleaner feel to it that allows for more control over your drives and volumes and the ability to setup multiple volumes or even a single volume is done with ease.

 

Overall for those needing a one of a kind rackmount solution capable of both Full and Ultra HD workflows, the LaCie 8big may just be the solution for you.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging92%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: It's not often I break 1000 MB/s with external storage, but the LaCie 8big is capable of that and much more - a solid solution for creative professionals.

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