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G RAID with Thunderbolt (8TB) review

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

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Launch SRP S$1069

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 - AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Results

AS SSD is a popular hard disk benchmarking software because it uses non-compressible and completely random data. Here, we noticed that the G RAID with Thunderbolt recorded the fastest copy times in the Copy Benchmark. This benchmark simulates copying different types of data - ISO, program and game.

The G RAID with Thunderbolt also recorded very impressive sequential read and write speeds, over 300MB/s when reading and nearly 250MB/s when writing. This is over 50% quicker than the Transcend ESD200. However, performance dipped considerably when it came to handling smaller data blocks of 4k and also on the intensive 4k, 64 threads workloads. Although the G RAID with Thunderbolt was still significantly quicker than the Seagate Backup Plus, it was no match for the Transcend ESD200 and its internal flash drive.