OWC/Other World Computing THUNDERBAY IV 12TB Review

OWC/Other World Computing THUNDERBAY IV 12TB Quick Review

Updated 11/05/2014

Just picked up the OWC/Other World Computing THUNDERBAY IV 12TB with 4 bays of 7200rpm Toshiba drives, formatted it RAID 0, filled it with 8TB of data and am now seeing the following:

2014-11-05 DiskSpeedTest

 

When it was empty it tested faster than the internal 1TB Flash Storage in my iMac with Retina 5K display, showing no x’s in the matrix.

Conclusion:  If I had it to do over again I would save the $800 for the internal 1TB Flash Storage in my iMac and just keep all data on this OWC/Other World Computing THUNDERBAY IV.  Pick up this Thunderbolt 2 device at Adorama and/or B&H.  Either place is selling the 12TB version for $949 at this time.  There is a 20TB version going for about $1,600.