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Areca ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID DAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 5:38 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Areca

Final Thoughts




The Areca 8050 lineup have always been built like tanks. These units are built to survive, and even being diskless, do carry some weight. The new ARC-8050T3 series hasn't changed, the smallest model a six-bay unit comes in at 13.2lbs, the eight-bay 15lbs, and the 12-bay comes in at 21lbs. Weight can be a solid indicator of the internal build quality, and for a unit like the 8050 that has the potential to hold 12 drives, it needs every bit of steel it can get.



Moving on, performance doubled last year's 8050T2. When we tested that unit with eight SanDisk SSDs, we peaked at 750 MB/s. With this new unit, using eight drives, we could top 2500 MB/s, nearly reaching 2800 MB/s in some cases.


ATTO showed solid read performance from 64k to 64M and write performance shadowed that. 4K performance topped 70,000 IOPS QD8 through QD128, and moving through workloads, we saw Web Server perform the best for both RAID 5 and 6, while RAID 0 found consistent 60,000 IOPS.


For anyone that has ever set up or managed RAID cards and even HBAs, the 8050T3 menu system is very familiar. It's nearly identical across the entire 8050 lineup which makes migration from one system to another very easy. Areca doesn't shy away from features enabling this solution to take advantage of RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, and even multi-RAID 50, 60, and 100 if you have enough drives.


It's obvious the 8050T3 isn't going to be for everyone, the price alone pretty much eliminates it from consumer use. That said, enthusiasts and prosumers that work with 4K, 5K, and 8K video with multiple 4K screens will love the amazing amount of throughput you can push through the brilliant-performing Areca ARC-8050T3.

Product Summary Breakdown

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The Bottom Line: Areca's ARC-8050T3 is hands down the quickest Thunderbolt 3 DAS solution to cross my desk. For media professionals and enthusiasts, this solution is a life changer.

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