Just a quick note on the WD Thunderbolt Duo that I’m putting through the paces over the next few weeks. I just took it out of the box a little while ago and ran a speed test on it with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. [Read more...]
We’ve been waiting a long time for this one folks – an actual, shipping Thunderbolt external hard drive for mere mortals.
Western Digital has announced pricing and that it is now shipping 4TB and 6TB versions of its My Book Thunderbolt Duo external hard drives. I first looked at these at CES 2012, while they were still getting them ready for final production.
The dual-drive system is configurable as a RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD. As a RAID 0 drive, the Thunderbolt connection puts a single unit in the 280MB/s transfer range. Additionally, a daisy-chained series of 6 drives configured in RAID 0 will deliver transfer speeds up to 780MB/s.
The 4TB model is priced at $600, while the 6TB model is priced at $700. WD says it is now shipping the drives. Check B&H Photo, Amazon and WD’s online store for availability. I should have my hands on one soon and will report back as soon as I get a first look at its performance.
More info in the full press release below. [Read more...]
The above video shows off some of the real world potential of Thunderbolt. With the combination of a RED Rocket card and a Sonnet PCIe expansion chassis, even a little MacBook Air can chew through 4K RED footage at full resolution.
G-Tech was on-hand at CES 2012 showing off a couple of recent products from its line of performance storage products.
The G-RAID with Thunderbolt comes in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities priced at $799, $999 and $1199, respectively. It packs to 3.5″ drives at 7200RPM each as single 2TB, 3TB or 4TB drives. [Read more...]
Matrox’s MXO2 Thunderbolt breakout boxes are now available. These speedy new devices cover the bases for pro video and audio I/O needs. B&H Photo has a range of them available for order here.
LaCie’s Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available for purchase. The new Thunderbolt drives feature a pair of 2.5″ drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration and deliver speeds more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD. [Read more...]
While WWDC 2011 would have been a fitting time to launch Final Cut Pro X, Apple failed to do so. According to the info we got from Apple at the sneak peek back in April, Final Cut Pro X is due to arrive in the Mac App Store this month. Since the teaser though, it’s been all crickets from the mothership. [Read more...]
Apple unveiled the new iMac desktops today. The new models keep the 21.5″ and 27″ screen sizes and step up to Core i5 processors across the board in the base configuration – with Core i7 processors available as an upgrade.
As expected, the iMac now has Thunderbolt I/O ports (like the recently announced MacBook Pro models), which deliver data transfer rates at a whopping 10 Gbps – up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800. The 21.5″ models sport one Thunderbolt port, while the 27″ models offer two ports. Four USB 2.0 and a Firewire 800 port round out the I/O options on the backside of the new iMacs.
Continue reading at Tech Tilt: New 2011 iMacs Announced.