June 26, 2014

G-SPEED Studio Looks Like a Mac Pro & Acts Like a 24TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt RAID Array

If you were worried that the new Mac Pro might start feeling a little lonely as the only shiny trashcan-like piece of hardware on your desk, fear not. G-Technology, makers of video editing-ready external hard drives such as G-RAID, recently announced a 4-bay external RAID enclosure with Thunderbolt 2 dubbed G-SPEED Studio. Sporting up to 24TB in enterprise-class 7200RPM hard drives, G-SPEED Studio also bears a rather uncanny resemblance to the Mac Pro.

Somehow I doubt the benefits of the Mac Pro's design extend to similarly styled external RAID enclosures -- but hey, why not? The two certainly look nice sitting together, the G-SPEED taking the design concept of the G-RAID Studio and literally expanding on it:

With each 7200RPM HDD hooked into the enclosure with 6GB/s SATA III, G-SPEED Studio is capable of sustained transfer rates up to 700MB/s over Thunderbolt 2, probably depending on the RAID setup you choose. It also allows daisy-chaining with its dual Thunderbolt ports. The unit is configurable to RAID 0 (striped), RAID 1 (mirrored), RAID 5 (striped with parity), & RAID 10 (striped set of mirrored pairs).

G-SPEED Studio is available from G-Tech in three configurations: 12TB for $2200 (or, uhh -- $2000 on Amazon?), 16TB for $2700, or 24TB for $3600. For comparison, see the fairly similar OWC's ThunderBay IV RAID 5 edition with 12TB for $1080, 16TB for $1430, or 20TB for $1830 Alternatively, see the Promise Pegasus2 with 12TB for $2230, 18TB for $3000, or 24TB for $3600 -- although it seems these storage configurations require either the 6-bay or 8-bay models of the unit. The Pegasus appears to be the only contender among these three that gives you the option for RAID 6 (striped with double-parity).

G-SPEED Studio is backed by a 3-year warranty and unlimited tech support. The 12TB and 16TB models are in stock, with an expected shipping wait of one week for the 24TB model.

Link: G-SPEED Studio Hardware RAID -- G-Technology

[via iLounge & MacRumors]

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Um, I think you meant 24TB. A 24GB RAID array would be fairly worthless.

June 26, 2014 at 2:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ben

Unless they noticed your comment and changed it afterwards you're mistaken. No where do I see GB except for the transfer speed.

June 28, 2014 at 10:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gary Simmons

Looks like they did -- if you look in the URL bar, it appears that the original title said "24gb" instead of 24TB"

"...mac-pro-24gb-4-bay..."

July 3, 2014 at 5:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Wes

you forgot to mention the new Lacie 5big Thunderbolt2 (10/20/30TB): https://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10623

the compared OWC is only sporting Thunderbolt 1 .. not Thunderbolt 2 and therefore a lot cheaper

June 26, 2014 at 3:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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yeahplease

The OWC has been updated to TB2 this week - TB1 has been discontinued (see MPG)

You can buy them preconfigured in (software) RAID5 for ~$120 more.

Personally, I don't think that a shiny enclosure and hardware RAID are worth double the price over the Thunderbay but it's great to see more TB enclosures..finally! Now if only I could afford one!

June 26, 2014 at 6:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hardware RAIDs are usually more reliable than software and don't take up your computer's resources for RAID management. So if you're working on something mission critical, I'd say its worth it.

June 26, 2014 at 8:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Eddie

Hey guys the post says 24GB, I think you meant to put 24 TB. woops!

June 26, 2014 at 3:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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The OWC one does not have Hardware Raid. Meaning you will need software to handle that.

June 26, 2014 at 3:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Terry Jun

I think that it's important to note that, while this machine is theoretically capable of transferring data at 700MB/second, the actual transfer speeds will be determined by the read/write speed of the hard drives and will likely be much slower.

June 26, 2014 at 4:02PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Is it possible to buy a separate set of drives to use without purchasing a whole new enclosure?

June 26, 2014 at 4:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Luke

What is the point of this? you could setup your own for a quarter of the price, maybe less. Who buys this? legitimate question.

June 26, 2014 at 4:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ginser

Look at it this way. The same type of people who can afford to buy a Ferrari F430, but are absolutely average or terrible at high speed racing. Those would be the same people buying an overpriced RAID setup just for the convenience of it being both pre-built and the bragging rights due to price tag.

"Designer gear" it is.

June 26, 2014 at 5:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Most people don't have time to tinker with their gear, they just want to buy it and go to work immediately on projects

June 26, 2014 at 8:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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john jeffries

I had no idea that you could build a DIY Mac Thunderbolt RAID array for a quarter of the price or less. I bought a couple of Pegasus arrays because I didn't know. I guess I am one of those people who buys this, in answer to your legitimate questions. My legitimate question is: how do I build a Mac compatible thunderbolt array? Could you spec out the parts?

June 26, 2014 at 11:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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cpreston

I will second this. I just ordered a Pegasus2 r4 and 4x6tb enterprise drives and the total came out to about 2600 bucks which is definitely cheaper but no where close to 1/4 the price. I got a hella good deal on my drives and they still came up to a little more then half the price of the enclosure. Can you post a link to this theoretical cheap raid? Or are you just trolling?

June 29, 2014 at 8:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Nick

For a short time www.datoptic.com had a port multiplied bridge board listed as an upcoming product but it then disappeared from their site. I was hoping I could replace by eSATA bridge boards in my 8 bay tower with the datoptic ones but they were vaporware. I would certainly pay extra for 3-5 drive raid (non-SSD) that's as quiet as the new Mac Pro. I have a Caldigit T3 which screams with just 3 spinning drives. And a Thunderbay 4 drive for backup. The Caldigit is not the quiet machine that I'd heard described in reviews. But the Toshiba drives in there are fast. The Thunderbay makes about the same amount of noise. Unfortunately I can't build an equipment room.

July 3, 2014 at 5:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sean

Not sure why g-tech gets all this special attention. There are cheaper raids like the qnap or the arc-8050 that preform as well and cost less. Qnap is a box that does a ton of great things but unlike camera you guys don't cover the low end post products that bat above their price range.

June 27, 2014 at 12:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dustatron

Just looked up the arc-8050. Don't know if I'm reading the site correctly but it doesn't look any cheaper once you put in all the hard drives.

June 27, 2014 at 3:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JFR

It looks good and is probably a snap to use, but that's a lot to spend for 700MB/s throughput and a (4) drive unit. I'd expect a premium product based on TB2 to achieve a maximum speed closer to 1000MB/s.

June 27, 2014 at 12:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marc B

I believe that ACTUAL working professionals buy gear that is reliable and trusted. Not some hack brew raid from micro center that takes time to configure for your precious Gh2 projects. I know the guy who designed this product, that being said I wish it was more practical and less "pretty". Give me a 4 drive raid in a shallow rack mount and everyone would rejoice. I'll probably still buy one, but it's "desktop only" design really screws the pooch. At least the old g-techs you could stack.

June 27, 2014 at 12:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Loo

its wonderful

July 13, 2014 at 9:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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srinivas

its really great contest

July 13, 2014 at 9:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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srinivas