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CalDigit T3 Review Discussion

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The Caldigit T3 is a 3-Bay Thunderbolt direct attached storage enclosure that is unique in that the device allows users to employ RAID 0 or RAID 1 with two drives, while also allowing JBOD for the third. This feature alone gives the T3 substantial versatility, which depending on use cases can get even better thanks to support for both 2.5" SSD drives and 3.5" HDD drives. The T3 has a maximum capacity of 12TB with HDDs and up to 3TB with SSDs across the three bays.

CalDigit T3 Review

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Certainly a lot of parallels between what Caldigit is doing, LaCie and G-Tech. However, LaCie does not have a three drive solution that allows for disk configuration the way this does. So if that particular feature isn't important to you, there are better 2-bay options than the T3, including options from Caldigit. But for those who see benefit to their unique config, there's nothing that we've seen that's quite like it.

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Too bad CalDigit didn't make this a Thunderbolt 2 case and use 6G SSD's! For $3,800 I expect performance to at least match Lacie's Little Big Disk Thunderboltâ„¢ 2 which costs only $1,400. Nice try, try harder.

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Solving two different problems though and PCIe SSDs in that from factor aren't exactly widely available. Could you argue the other side too and say the LaCie should have been 12TB ;)

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Wait, Caldigit did use Micron M500 drives which spec at 500MB/sec. Why didn't Caldigit make this a Thunderbolt 2 case is beyond me? Then this design would have been ~1,200MB/sec and a perfect 4K solution.

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We did the Micron drive on our own, not sure if they actively sell that one or not. We took some liberties with the enclosure ;)

Thunderbolt 2 is probably coming, but that's such a small slice of the market right now, given the limited number of platforms that support it. I think it's going to be pretty fringe (LaCie LBD TB2 for instance) for a while longer still.

For you is the big IO potential more compelling in an external enclosure than an internal RAID?

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You could get more out of an internal RAID card with 1TB SSDs. Just wanted to understand the value of a Thunderbolt 2 chassis by comparison.

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