Thunder3 Quad X 4 drive JBOD drive enclosure is you best choice for attaching four drives to your Thunderbolt3 equipped computer. Extreme simplity achieves a tiny footprint on your desktop and tremendous reliability. There are no drivers, no RAID controllers, nothing but your computer and your drives. Slip an SSD inside and get bootable solid state performance with no configuration hoops to jump through.
2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports allowing chaining of other Thunderbolt3 or USB3 Type C device. We've tested this with just about everything from other storage, USB hubs and massive displays chained off the Thunder3 Quad X.
1 Display Port. Connect another display here!
With full Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth you can get 100% of the performance out of installed hard drives and SSDs. I f you want the highest speed, stick a couple of SSDs in and RAID0 them. You can easily get up around 800MB/sec just using 2 SSDs. The trays in the Thunder 3 are built to accommodate either 3.5 inch drives or 2.5 inch drives and SSDs. Speed is what Thunderbolt3 is all about.
Easy to use tray system. You can pull a drive and insert a drive without affecting the operation of other drives in the enclosure. note: if you swap drives a lot, I'd recommend just leaving the front panel off for easier access to the drive trays. While not hard to remove, it will save a step to just leave it off.
You can backup to, and boot off of, drives installed inside the Thunder 3 Quad.
At 5.3 inch X 8.75 inch X 9.5 inch this is a small enclosure for its power. It takes up very little space on the desktop and is pretty nice looking.
Personal observations: My one objection to the earlier Quad enclosures was the somewhat funky steps you had to take to open the front and access the drive trays. Akitio resolved that with a magnetic strip that holds the front cover on. Push at the bottom of said front cover, and the cover tips out for removal. The Quad X is at the top of my 'must have' list.
Like all Akitio devices the fan is not fancy. I can hear it, it doesn't bother me a bit. But that means some folks who are more sensitive will be bothered by it as it isn't silent. Two cures for that: we can use a longer Thunderbolt cable and put it further away, or we can swap the fan out for a BlackNoise fan before shipping. With a BlackNoise fan, the Quad X is as near silent as can be, you will only hear the drives... ~Rick
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