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G RAID with Thunderbolt (8TB) review

G RAID with Thunderbolt (8TB) - Only Enthusiasts Need Apply

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Design:
8
Performance:
8
Features:
7
Value:
7
THE GOOD
Handsome design and solid aluminum construction
Blistering sequential read and write performance
Configurable RAID array
THE BAD
Drives not user serviceable
No Thunderbolt cables provided
Random access performance still trails SSDs
Pricey


Results - CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 Results

On CrystalDiskMark, the G RAID with Thunderbolt impressed once again its stunning sequential read and write speeds, easily outperforming the very fast Transcend ESD200 by 50% to 100%. The Seagate Backup Plus was simply no match and it just goes to show the gulf in performance between a regular portable external hard disk and an enthusiast-grade desktop external hard disk in RAID 0.

Performance on the 512k workload took a significant dip, but its write performance was still good enough to outclass the Transcend ESD200 by over 50%. On the most intensive 4k, 32 queue depth workload, the G RAID with Thunderbolt was completely outclassed by the Transcend ESD200, even if its performance was still many times better than the Seagate Backup Plus. It goes to show that mechanical hard disks, no matter how fast, are simply no match for flash drives when it comes to random access performance and handling small data blocks.