AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad
External Thunderbolt™ 3 Storage Solution
This 4-bay storage enclosure is designed to house up to four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. With Software RAID, four striped SSD's can reach data transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB per second while the Thunderbolt 3 interface provides sufficient bandwidth for additional 4K video signal streams and data transfers at the same time. An ultra durable aluminum casing provides efficient heat dissipation, plus an extra large rear fan keeps your drives cool during long hours of operation.
Thunderbolt 3 interface for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices
Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace
Large and quiet low speed fan (1900 RPM) for active cooling
Large handle provides comfortable grip when carrying the device
Removable trays for easy SSD and HDD installation
Kensington security slot
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.
The AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The second port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace and it will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for other Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
Designed to house up to four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives, the tray based system allows for easy installation and replacement of either the large desktop hard disk drives or the portable laptop drives and SSD's.
With the 6-pin Mini-Fit Jr.™ power connector and the optional cable locking mount for the Thunderbolt 3 connector, the cables are held in place securely to avoid accidental disconnection of the device and to prevent subsequent data loss.
With Software RAID, the AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad provides users the ability to edit and playback multiple streams of HD and/or 4K content with enough headroom to simultaneously daisy-chain additional monitors and storage devices.
The transfer speeds for this benchmark were obtained using the AJA System Test tool with 1GB test files at 5K resolution. These results closely reflect the real-world performance but the actual transfer rates can vary depending on the test environment
For traditional spinning hard disk drives, the maximum transfer rate for a single drive (Non-RAID) is around 200 MB/s. Only when used in a striped RAID set can the transfer rates exceed 200 MB/s.
For solid state drives, the maximum transfer speed is limited by the PCIe to SATA controller to around 370 MB/s per drive. Because of this limitation, the maximum transfer rates for a striped RAID with four drives set are about 1375 MB/s, even though the Thunderbolt 3 interface is capable of faster speeds.
Frequently asked questions about the Akitio Thunder3 Range and Mac
How about older Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 products with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?
Yes, existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices from Akitio will work fine on the new MacBook Pro with the bidirectional adapter from Apple or with our own T3T adapter. There might be some models that require a firmware update but testing is currently still ongoing. Once we have concluded all the tests, we will update this page again. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266.
How about an older Mac in combination with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?
The bidirectional adapter from Apple can connect Thunderbolt 3 devices to a Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port but it requires macOS Sierra. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266. In our tests, we found that with Mac OS 10.10 the adapter does not work at all but with Mac OS 10.11 and macOS 10.12, the adapter appears to work. The devices mentioned above that are currently not compatible with the MacBook Pro 2016 (Thunder3 Duo Pro, Thunder3 PCIe Box, Thunder3 Quad) appear to work OK on a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 computer. The Node and the PCIe SSD are still not compatible.
How about Boot Camp?
Boot Camp is not part of the Thunderbolt™ compatibility testing and certification process by Apple and Intel. Even if the product has been certified for Windows, this does NOT include systems that are running Windows on a Mac with the help of Boot Camp. For this reason, Akitio does not support Boot Camp. If you still want to use Boot Camp, in our experience, the external storage drives are recognized by the system as long as you connect them before starting up the system. Hot plug is not supported. External GPUs like the AKiTiO Node are not supported at all.
Are you really sure that the Node is not compatible with a Mac computer?
Yes, we can only confirm that the Node is compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 Intel NUC and the Razer laptops. Several other PCs using Windows 10 appear to be compatible upon initial testing but the Node is NOT compatible with the Mac.This also applies to a Mac running Boot Camp and to older Thunderbolt 2 computers. Having said all that, we are aware how dedicated the eGPU community is and who knows, as this statement is published, someone might already have found a way to make it work anyway.
How long do I have to wait for these new Thunderbolt 3 products that are compatible with both PCs and a Macs?
We are currently working to make all of our Thunderbolt 3 products except the Node and the Thunder3 PCIe SSD compatible with Windows and macOS. As this includes a hardware change and the new products have to be re-tested and re-certified to make sure everything is working as expected, it's likely going to take some time. As a rough estimate, we expect the first products to be available at the beginning of the next year (2017).
If I cannot use the Node on my Mac, how can I then use a full-length PCIe card?
We are working on another Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis designed for full-length cards, other than external graphics cards, that will work with both Windows and macOS. Please give us a bit of time and we will have the right solution for you.
AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad
2-year limited warranty
High quality aluminum for optimized heat dissipation
Up to four 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard disk drives or solid state drives
2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports
1 x DisplayPort 1.1
Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps
DisplayPort 1.1a (4K at 60 Hz)
System requirements (PC)
Windows 7 and later
Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port
System requirements (Mac)
Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C
Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, GS, PSE, BSMI, RCM, CCC approved)
Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
Output: DC +12V/12.5A
Fan noise level
9.53 inches x 5.31 inches x 7.24 inches
24.2cm x 13.5cm x 18.4cm
AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad enclosure (drives not included)
Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable
Retail Box Size: 12.9 x 10.7 x 8.4 in. (32.7 x 27.2 x 21.4 cm)
Carton Size (2pcs per carton): 17.7 x 13.6 x 11.8 in. (45 x 34.5 x 30 cm)
This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Mac OS X.
| Stock code || IB-AK-4TB3|
| Brand || AKiTiO|
| Series || 4-Bay SATA -to- Thunderbolt3|
| Model || Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU|
| Type || Case for 4x SATA HD, Non-RAID (2x TB3, 1x DP) - Windows Only|
| ROHS || Y|
| Date added || 09/06/2016|
Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Spec Information
| Form Factor / Drive Height || 24.2 x 18.4 x 13.5cm|
| Platter size || 3.5"|
| Platter (alternate) || 2.5"|
| Guarantee || 2yr|
| Total Drives || 4|
| Total Drives (alternate) || 4|
| OS Support - Windows || Windows 7 and later|
Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Spec Connections
|SATA||SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power||Internal||4|
Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Speed
| Colour || Silver|
| Weight (kg) || 5kg|
| External Length (mm) || 450cm|
| External Width (mm) || 350cm|
| External Height (mm) || 300cm|
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