Sans Digital TowerRAID 5-Bay USB 3.0/eSATA Hardware RAID 5 Tower with 6G PCIe 2.0 Host Bus Adapter TR5UT-BP (Black)
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- Hardware RAID, supporting RAID 0, 1, 10, 3, 5+hot spare, JBOD and CLONE.
- Over 200MB/s read and 170MB/s write performance.
- eSATA and USB 3.0 interfaces.
- Backward compatible with USB 2.0.
- Bundled with SATA 6.0Gbps PCIe 2.0 x1 controller card. Supports PCIe 2.0 with over 200MB/s performance. Backward compatible with PCIe 1.0 slot.
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The TowerRAID TR5UT-BP is a 5-bay hardware RAID 5 storage tower that utilizes high performance USB 3.0 and eSATA interfaces to provide over 200MB/s in performance. The included USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with widely available USB 2.0 ports, which is a convenient feature when both USB 3.0 and eSATA connections are unavailable. With built-in RAID 0, 1, 10, 3, 5 with hot-spare and JBOD, the TR5UT-BP provides hardware RAID redundancy protection against hard drive failures. A brand new RAID mode, CLONE or N-Way Mirror, is also introduced to replicate the saved data throughout each installed hard drive. The RAID engine is embedded within the enclosure and performs all RAID parity calculation to reduce CPU utilization from the host PC. RAID controller cards are unnecessary. To satisfy the need for performance demanding applications, the unit is bundled with a 2-port PCIe 2.0 x1 eSATA controller card with SATA 6.0 Gbps (6G) support (RR622 controller card). PCIe 2.0 is capable of providing twice the bandwidth of PCIe 1.0, allowing over 200MB/s in performance. The unit is also backward compatible with PCIe 1.0 slots to provide eSATA connectivity for computers that do not have built-in eSATA ports. Designed with easy installation in mind, the TR5UT-BP allows effortless installation by simply inserting the hard drive tray (with the hard drives installed) after opening the attractive ventilating door. The TR5UT-BP is the ultimate RAID storage for all storage needs.
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I'm not using the esata card that came with the unit but my motherboard esata ports are using the same marvell sata controller which is a top end part. If I were using it, I'm sure it would work well.
I like the dip switches on the back setting the type of RAID to use since sometimes controller software gets confused.
As opposed to some other disk cabinets, this one came up solid and has been a star performer in my system.
Thanks for the nice product. Shipping was very quick.
Excellent, fast, quiet product and no harder than a DROBO to set up. Firmly recommended.
What i dont like:
1. the box that contained the raid tower was in mint condition, however when i took the tower out of the box the protective film on the tower was peeled back and there were dents in the case. The actual frame of this tower is sturdy and heavy duty, However the front door is a cheap plastic. the drive holders look like they are metal in the picture but they are plastic. i also had a drive hole that didnt match up to a holder hole so i was unable to put a screw in one of my drives.. very poor Quality control.
2. I have never put a lot of faith into packaged deals like this, so sticking true to that i ordered a second esata PCIe card.. thank god i did cause the Highpoint card that came with this was total junk. i spent a good 2 hours trying to get the card to see my raid. uninstalling reinstalling updating drivers... put in my second purchased card. Raid was seen in less then 5 sec and i was booted into windows with a fresh RAID 5.. again lack of Quality control?
3. the companies FOrums are littered with complaints from people and the general reply from the company is dont use green drives. use high class raid drives.. well. i have green drives in here and they worked great.. just not on their junk PCIe card. also the blame is always on the customer this company apparently never makes mistakes (look at their forums)
4. Cost. this thing isnt worth the 300 bucks i paid for it. if i had to do it again i wouldnt pay more then 200 bucks for this case. it was double the cost of my full tower P90 Antec case with 850w Power supply... rip off.
wont buy San Digital products again.
The box was hampered by a cheap power supply that uses a tiny fan that is unbearable if the box will be in the same room as you. It emits a pretty substantial and constant high pitched whistling sound. The 120mm fan was pretty quiet with only a faint sound of rushing air.
Setting up the raid was straight forward even with simple (not detailed) set of instructions included. Performance was decent on esata. I could only get about 100MB throughput using my motherboard's esata or the included esata pcie card. My pcie x1 port wasn't version 2.0 like the manufacturer suggests so that might have something to do with it not reaching the advertised 200MB throughput. I didn't have usb 3 so I couldn't test that part out.