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Promise Atlas S8+ Thunderbolt 3 Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Promise

Final Thoughts

 

I must say after using the Atlas S8+ for well over a month now; it does do storage exceptionally well. The largest benefit I find with the unit is the ability for it to have an extremely quick Thunderbolt 3 connection to my iMac while still being connected to my home network. This allows me to have a streamlined and smooth workflow while editing images or writing articles. At the same time, the Atlas is streaming media to any number of devices in my home.

 

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Build quality is fantastic, the plastics feel like they used high-quality materials and the design offers something new to look at past the typical metal box of many vendors. I enjoy the N+1 design with the 2.5" drive tray tucked away and easy access to memory upgrades with the Promise solution, as well as the tool-less drive bays are always a plus.

 

Performance wise was fantastic across Thunderbolt 3, but I'm equally confident those that decide to go with a 10Gbe model can reach these levels as well. Thunderbolt 3 is a bit harder to setup over a typical DHCP connection, but for those that have configured static addresses in the past you will have very little issues here. In testing we found a peak of 1250 MB/s read with the S8+ in Thunderbolt mode while write performance reached 950 MB/s.

 

 

All of this said, we must talk about the elephant in the room, and that is the glaring similarity of the Atlas S8+ to the XN8008T from Qsan. It's quite obvious they are the exact same platform and I do find this interesting as Qsan is just now moving into the US market. I do wonder if one platform will undercut the other, but as it stands now, Qsan does not sell this platform as a turnkey unit whereas Promise only sells this unit in 32, 64 or 80TB turnkey solutions.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality91%
Features85%
Value76%
Overall TweakTown Rating86%

The Bottom Line: The Atlas S8+ is full featured enterprise NAS with the advantage of Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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