Our first impression of the Areca ARC-8050T2 was one of awe. For starters, this is the very first enterprise level Thunderbolt solution to come through the lab, and because of this, it enables you access to a completely separate tier of options in configuring your storage. With the Areca unit, you can utilize multiple RAID sets with multiple volumes, giving you the utmost in flexibility, while maintaining data integrity.
The performance of the 8050T2 was nothing but spectacular with our eight SanDisk Extreme Pro SSDs installed. These drives allowed us to take Thunderbolt to the extreme and peak out at a very impressive 1444 MB/s in RAID 0. With hard drives, performance suffered only sparingly and we were still able to reach 722 MB/s with our WD Red 2TB drives. Of course, with this unit able to utilize SAS HDDs, the options for storage capacity and performance are basically endless.
One feature of the 8050T2 I really enjoyed was the ability to boot my MacBook Pro Retina from the array, actually surpassing the storage performance of the built-in m.2 SSD by a fair margin, while having the ability to enjoy a literal tower of capacity. The only downfall I was able to source out on the Areca ARC-8050T2 was that the unit did not respond when trying to use an optical Thunderbolt cable, which I do assume is from the intelligent power function of the device, and as such lacks a power button.
Overall, the Areca ARC 8050T2 is a rather impressive Thunderbolt solution and being an Areca product has more options unlocked allowing top tier control of your storage.
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United States: The Areca ARC-8050T2 DAS retails for $1799 at Amazon.
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- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Web Management]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 4K Random and 128K Sequential Workloads]
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- Page 6 [Benchmarks - AJA System Test]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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