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TerraMaster compact 16-slot TB3 DAS stores up to 288TB at a speed of 2.8GB/s


TerraMaster introduced the new D16 The 16-bay direct-attached storage (DAS) solution is expected to combine high performance, high capacity and relatively compact size. DAS can place up to 288TB of storage space on your desktop, and promises up to 2.8GB/s read speed and up to 2GB/s write speed.

Nowadays, many creative professionals need high-performance and large-capacity storage solutions. They often have to choose between high-end SSDs with high speed but limited capacity and large-capacity HDDs that can store large amounts of data but with limited capacity. slower. Advanced NAS can pack multiple HDDs and ensure good performance, but to get it, you need to use a 10GbE connection, which is not the best choice for many SOHO environments, and its throughput is still lower than most locally installed SSDs. For such users, there is a good solution: a multi-bay DAS with a 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3/4 interface.

Generally, a multi-bay DAS (just like NAS) is quite large, but measures 13.7 x 6.29 x 19.6 inches (348 × 160 × 498 mm), TerraMaster’s D16 Relatively compact. As the name suggests, the device can hold up to 16 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs. The device is equipped with a “professional RAID controller”, but the manufacturer did not mention which one. At the same time, the controller supports JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, RAID 6 and RAID 50 modes. DAS has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, so it can daisy-chain another TB3 device, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, and a DisplayPort 1.4 output to connect one or two 4K monitors.

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In terms of performance, TerraMaster says its D16 DAS can provide up to 2817MB/s read speed and 2022MB/s write speed. Although multiple high-end hard drives in RAID mode can provide such performance data, TerraMaster still recommends using SSDs for maximum performance (probably because there are many slow and SMR-based NAS-oriented hard drives on the market, even in RAID. No guarantee of true high-performance mode). D16 supports SSD caching, so it should be possible to combine a large-capacity HDD with a high-performance SSD to achieve the best of both worlds, and there are no performance or capacity limitations when editing uncompressed HD 10-bit and 12-bit videos. The intermediate format is ProRes 422 (HQ) or ProRes 4444 XQ.

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In terms of capacity, after installing 16 18TB hard drives, TerraMaster D16 can store up to 288TB of data, but with the arrival of newer 20TB larger hard drives, its storage capacity will increase to 320TB (assuming these hard drives are supported). There is no news about support for hot-swappable HDD, but most multi-bay NAS and DAS devices generally support this feature.


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