Areca ARC-8050T3 Thunderbolt 3 DAS Review

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Rookie_MIB

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That's a pretty nice system, but the pricing? Ouch. I'm getting ready to rebuild my media server, and on Ebay I picked up a 2u server, 8 hotswap bays, 2x quad core low power Xeons, 16gb ram for under $200 shipped.

Meanwhile - that $2,000 8 bay Areca unit - doesn't even include drives.

Yes, it's quite a bit smaller. Yes, it'll fit on a desk while mine goes in a rack. But for 1/10th the price? More power for transcoding? Upgradability? Sheesh. They best revisit their pricing.
 

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>> Areca doesn't list performance claims for these products

Areca offers an in-depth "ARC8050T3 Series Performance Report" on the top-right corner in the ARC-8050T3 product page on the Areca website (http://www.areca.com.tw/products/thunderbolt3.htm). The PDF report lists performance of the unit with all-SSD, all-SATA and all-SAS drives, which is neat info. It shows the kind of SSD-beating (or -matching) performance that can be achieved with SAS drives!
 
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