Form Factor / Drive Height
146 x 302 x 290 mm
146 x 302 x 290 mm
400MHz storage I/O processor
RAID level 0, 1, 10, 1E, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD
General PerformanceThe ARC-5040 same as the ARC-4038-8ML is made by Areca. There always other brands out there like Areca which are often innovative. You might not get the same user experience comparing with other better known brands. But sometimes you might not need it. Unlike the ARC-4038-8ML this box has the 400MHz storage I/O processor processor.
About Connections There is one LAN port on this box, making it a simple home NAS. One USB3 port on this Areca is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. There is one eSATA port on ARC-5040 giving you up to 6Gb/s transfer speeds.
About Usage With 8 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £666.00.
General PerformanceThe ARC-4038-8ML same as the ARC-5040 is made by Areca. There always other brands out there like Areca which are often innovative. You might not get the same user experience comparing with other better known brands. But sometimes you might not need it. Unlike the ARC-5040 this box has the None processor.
About Connections There are two SAS ports on this ARC-4038-8ML box. When we are talking SAS, we talk FAST. You are either serious video editor or graphic designer, and there is no place for lagging transfer speeds.
About Usage As there are no LAN ports, you probably know this is DAS (directly attached storage) box. Sometimes more than anything we need speed! If you have chosen right drives for your ARC-4038-8ML box, you can expect the best performance whilst you are editing your videos or working with graphics. Only disadvantage with DAS boxes, is data sharing capabilities, compared with NAS functionality.
Price And Warranty This box comes with 3 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Areca is £120.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit ARC-5040.