Compare Areca Thunderbolt3 RAID Enclosure ARC-8050T3-4 4-Bay, SAS/SATA RAID 0/1/5/6; 2x TB3 USB-C AND Qnap Desktop NAS TS-431P 4-Bay RAID (1GB RAM)


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ARC-8050T3-4
ICAr-TB8050T3-4
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£803.00 ex.VAT
£963.60 inc.VAT
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TS-431P
IBQ-431PP
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£200.00 ex.VAT
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General

Stock code
ICAr-TB8050T3-4
IBQ-431PP
Brand
Areca
Qnap
Series
Thunderbolt3 RAID Enclosure
Desktop NAS
Model
ARC-8050T3-4
TS-431P
Type
4-Bay, SAS/SATA RAID 0/1/5/6; 2x TB3 USB-C
4-Bay RAID (1GB RAM)
ROHS
Y
Y
Date added
29/03/2017
19/09/2016

Information

Form Factor / Drive Height
123x166x232 mm
177x180x235mm
Platter size
3.5"
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
RAM/Cache
2GB
1GB
Guarantee
3yr
2yr
Processor
1.2 GHz dual core ROC
Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net)
low
Total Drives
4
4
Total Drives (alternate)
4
RAID
0:1:5:6:
0:1:5:6:JBOD:
RAID Levels
RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
OS Support - Windows
Windows 8 or later
OS Support - Mac/OSX
macOS 10.12 or later

Connections

PORTS SUMMARY
1X DisplayPort
4X SFF-8482 (Internal Single)
2X USB-C
2X LAN
4X SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power
3X USB3 type A (host)
Speed
Speed/RPM
Thunderbolt 3rpm
SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
Physical
Colour
Black
White
Weight (kg)
7kg
4.3kg
Weight (bare)
3.6kg
3kg
Watts
135W
Reviews
Areca Thunderbolt3 RAID Enclosure

ARC-8050T3-4


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£803.00
Price inc.VAT:£963.60



8

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 TS-431P 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 TS-431P this box has the 1.2 GHz dual core ROC processor. Another key difference between the TS-431P is RAM. ARC-8050T3-4 arrives with 2GB RAM. The ARC-8050T3-4 2GB RAM compared with TS-431P 1GB is clearly weaker.

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 £803.00.
Qnap Desktop NAS

TS-431P


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Our Review: 4/5
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Price ex.VAT:£200.00
Price inc.VAT:£240.00



7.3

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 7.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
Qnap TS-431P PROS

designIt's a budget/Cost Effective NAS and therefore you cannot expect a superior build quality as you see in the QNAP TVS-1282T or the Synology DS3617xs. But even though it is a bit plastic-y, it is still functional and keeps the noise lower than you would expect.
featuresThe Annapurna CPU, though not breathtakingly powerful is still more than able to perform many, many tasks and is actually alot better than the CPU in most Budget or Cheap NAS servers
performanceIf you need a small to medium task level NAS for your file server needs and light to Medium Media Access via DLNA or the Native QNAP Apps, then this NAS will perform very well for you indeed
valueExcellent Value and if you need a RAID enabled NAS server for Windows or Mac - The TS-431p is the NAS device for you.
Qnap TS-431P CONS

designThe Plastoc trays and horrible lockless design make you feel like you are breaking the trays each time you use them. I would recommend replacing the trays with Metal Trays from QNAP
featuresNevertheless, it is still an ARM CPU and therefore functions and applications like PLEX Transcoding and Virtual Machines are not available to you with a NAS like this one.
performanceHowever if you need slightly more intensive, larger file operations or who to move towards that in the next year or two, then you are better off spending a little more on the QNAP TS-453A here - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-453A-4G-4-Bay-RAID-0-1-5-6-4GB-RAM-~52841
valueIf you want a NAS that can do more intensive operations then what you save in the low price, you also lose in it's ability - this NAS is excellent for the price if you need smaller file access/volumne - Not if you want RAW power.



General Performance

The TS-431P unlike the ARC-8050T3-4 is made by Qnap. By choosing Qnap people expect to see advanced configurations opportunities as well as innovative and more diverse business applications. You are able to customize the TS-431P to your needs. Unlike the ARC-8050T3-4 this box has the Annapurna Labs AL-212 1.7GHz processor. Another key difference between the ARC-8050T3-4 is RAM. TS-431P arrives with 1GB RAM. The TS-431P 1GB RAM compared with ARC-8050T3-4 2GB is clearly weaker.

About Connections

There are two LAN ports on this box, making it a good home or small business NAS as you can utilise Link Aggregation and Failover support. Three USB3 ports on this Qnap 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

With 4 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 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 Qnap is £603.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit ARC-8050T3-4.


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