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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

 

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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

 

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

 

 

Areca Web Management

 

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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.

 

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Next up we look at our RAID set hierarchy.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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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