Compare Areca Thunderbolt3 RAID Enclosure ARC-8050T3-4 4-Bay, SAS/SATA RAID 0/1/5/6; 2x TB3 USB-C AND 4-Bay USB3 Desktop Case CFI-B7846UM Tower Enclosure for 4x SATA-6Gb HD; JBOD


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ARC-8050T3-4
ICAr-TB8050T3-4
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£809.00 ex.VAT
£970.80 inc.VAT
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CFI-B7846UM
IB-CF-4U3
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General

Stock code
ICAr-TB8050T3-4
IB-CF-4U3
Brand
Areca
Series
Thunderbolt3 RAID Enclosure
4-Bay USB3 Desktop Case
Model
ARC-8050T3-4
CFI-B7846UM
Type
4-Bay, SAS/SATA RAID 0/1/5/6; 2x TB3 USB-C
Tower Enclosure for 4x SATA-6Gb HD; JBOD
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
29/03/2017
25/06/2014

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
123x166x232 mm
265x186x135mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
Guarantee
3yr
2yr
Processor
1.2 GHz dual core ROC
Total Drives
4
4
Total Drives (alternate)
4
RAID
0:1:5:6:
None
RAID Levels
RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
Single - JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)
OS Support - Windows
Windows 8 or later
No software driver needed for Windows 98, ME, 2000, 2003, XP, Windows 7
OS Support - Mac/OSX
macOS 10.12 or later
No software driver needed for Mac OS

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
1X DisplayPort
4X SFF-8482 (Internal Single)
2X USB-C
4X SATA 7-pin Discrete
1X USB3 type B
Internal Ports (#1)
4
Speed
Speed/RPM
Thunderbolt 3rpm
Physical
Colour
Black
Black
Weight (kg)
7kg
6kg
Weight (bare)
3.6kg
Watts
135W
150W
Reviews
Areca Thunderbolt3 RAID Enclosure

ARC-8050T3-4


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£809.00
Price inc.VAT:£970.80



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OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 8.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 9.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
Areca ARC-8050T3-4 PROS

designAlthough a little dated, the casing is very compact and certainly more manageable than giant devices like the Promsie Pegasus 3. It is very functional and with two rear fans will keep the device cool throughout. Additionally, the inclusion of a real time LCD panel to give you information about the health and status of the drives is an excellent touch from Areca.
featuresWith blisteringly fast Thunderbolt3 as the connection of choice, the is going to be easily one of the most affordable 4 bay TB3 DAS enclosures available on the market. Likewise with control over the system and information from that front panel and RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6 and RAID 10 being supported, you are looking at a great TB storage solution.
performanceWith the inclusion of a dual core ARM based RoC (RAID on chip) as well as 1GB of memory (twice that, in both regards, to their nearest rivals) it is in sheers performance and speed that the Areca ARC-8050T3-4 really shows it's power!
valueUltimately if you are looking for a stable and comprehensive direct attached storage RAID enclosure, with Thunderbolt 3 for your Mac or windows system - look no further than the Areca ARC-8050T3-4, ARC-8050T3-8, ARC-8050T3-12 and ARC-8050T3-6
Areca ARC-8050T3-4 CONS

designThis black and silver chassis may appear a little dated in design and a combination of plastic and metal may put some off. Likewise the two fans are a pinch noiser than other DAS storage enclosures. Though you can turn the fans off.
featuresWith just Thunderbolt 3 ports, you will not see additional access like USB 3.0 to fall back on for non TB3 enabled PC or Mac devices.
performanceIf you are looking for a device that is going to do more than act as a slave enclosure for your data - you should look at the QNAP TVS-1282T3 NAS+DAS combination device
valueThose unfamiliar with the areca brand may seek refuge in well known brands like Promise and WD. However I would recommend Areca as a long standing and reliable company for your storage needs.



General Performance

The ARC-8050T3-4 unlike the CFI-B7846UM 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 CFI-B7846UM this box has the 1.2 GHz dual core ROC processor.

About Connections

USB-C gives you this 10Gbps speed for quick backups or simple data transfers. It is new - universal connection which allows to connect to different systems like MAC and Windows.

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-8050T3-4 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 is the most expensive box with the price tag £809.00.
 4-Bay USB3 Desktop Case

CFI-B7846UM


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Price ex.VAT:£74.80
Price inc.VAT:£89.76





General Performance

The CFI-B7846UM unlike the ARC-8050T3-4 is made by . There always other brands out there like 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. The CFI-B7846UM RAM compared with ARC-8050T3-4 2GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

One USB3 port on this 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.

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 CFI-B7846UM 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 2 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. Despite ARC-8050T3-4 has better warranty, it is still good to know that you have your two years of no worries manufacturer cover. This is £734.20 cheaper than the most expensive unit ARC-8050T3-4.


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