I have always enjoyed throwing a set of drives in RAID. Going back over a decade, I ran WD Raptor HDDs in my first gaming PC using a RAID card from Areca. More recently, we have looked at both the ARC-1883i with Seagate Enterprise Capacity v4 HDDs and the ARC-8050T2 with SanDisk Extreme SSDs. Today, we expand further looking at the latest Thunderbolt 3 enclosure from Areca, the ARC-8050T3-12.
This new enclosure builds on the Thunderbolt portfolio started with the original ARC-8050 and carried on by last year's ARC-8050T2. The ARC-8050T3 is the first Thunderbolt 3 RAID enclosure offered by Areca while also being the first platform they have launched with several bay options.
With the T3, you have the choice of choosing 6, 8, or 12 bay models. Each powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core RoC paired with 2GB of DDR3 1866MHz ECC memory.
RAID support includes 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, along with Single Disk and JBOD modes. Further, we have features such as online RAID roaming, migrations, and multiple RAID selection which adds to the self-encrypting drives function and background/ instant allocation among others.
In the twelve-bay form factor sent over for review, the Areca ARC-8050T3 carries an MSRP of $2289.99 while the six and eight-bay models can be had for $1599 and $1799, respectively. Each of these units supports both Windows and MacOS with a Thunderbolt 3 connection, and the warranty is listed at three years.
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