Best Thunderbolt professional hardware (February 2013 edition)

Best Thunderbolt professional hardware (February 2013 edition)

Summary: While USB is good enough for the regular user, high-end power users will benefit greatly from the performance and flexibility offered by the Thunderbolt. Here are eight of the best Thunderbolt devices available.

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  • Introduction

    While USB 2.0 or 3.0 is good enough for the regular user, high-end power users will benefit greatly from the performance and flexibility offered by the Thunderbolt interface technology. Developed by Intel with technical input from Apple, the interface combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into one serial signal stream, and even throws DC power into the same cable for added convienience.

    Thunderbolt offers a whopping 10 Gbit/s per device bitrate--up to  total of 20 Gbit/s--and allows for up to six devices to be daisy-chained together.

    The biggest user of Thunderbolt is Apple, having added the port to many iMacs and MacBook Pro computers.

    Let's take a look at a selection of Thunderbolt compatible hardware aimed at professionals.

  • Promise Pegasus R6 18TB

    The Promise Pegasus R6 is the first six-bay high-performance hardware RAID box designed to leverage Thunderbolt. It comes equipped with six 3TB 7200-rpm hard drives offering a total of 18TB of storage when configured for RAID 5. RAID 0, 1, 6, 10, 50, and 60 also supported.

    The performance of this device has to be experienced to be believed, and it allows you to move a massive amount of data quickly and easily.

    Price: $2,999.

    (Credit: Promise)

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • Still waiting for the Thunderbolt Time capsule

    or Thunderbolt/wifi hybrid..
    Tigertank
    • Time Machine

      The 1TB Thunderbolt drive can be used as a time machine drive and it prompts for that when first plugged in.
      JoeFoerster
  • Drobo

    You missed the newest Drobo RAID drive boxes that are Thunderbolt equipped.
    JoeFoerster
  • Areca ARC-8050

    You also missed Areca's ARC-8050 Thunderbolt external RAID storage box.
    CaptainGoodnight
  • Sad!

    It's so sad Apple always out prices themselves and all the Applefans pay for it.
    Granted I have to still wait for Thunderbolt to catch on to PC's but, cost compared to Apple products is well worth the wait.
    jet1959mo@...