Previously I went over the many differences within G-Tech's standard G-SPEED Shuttle (4-bay) line up. A perfectly reasonable choice for a RAID Array, but when you need just a little bit more storage all in one place, then the Shuttle XLs are what you want! They are very similar to the 4 Bays, but lets go over what makes them different.
Depending on the model, these essentially double the storage space and give you more connectivity options. The standard Shuttles only come with Thunderbolt 3, but the XLs have a model with Thunderbolt 3 and another, separate, model with Thunderbolt 2. The Thunderbolt 2 series have capacity options of 24, 32, 48, 64, and 80TB. With Thunderbolt 3, you have either 32, 48, 64, 80, or 96TB available.
Both the T2 and T3 models have options for Arrays with 'ev series' bay Adapters, which take up 2 of the available hard drive slots. Limiting the 8 Bays down to 6, but keeps the other 2 for a convenient way to quickly offload and save content from a wide range of
If Thunderbolt 2 is necessary for your set up, then your ev options are a bit more limited; only a 48 or 60TB option is available. However, with Thunderbolt 3, you still have the choice between 24, 36, 48, 60, or 72TB.
The biggest difference between Thunderbolt 2 and 3, is the speed, raid config, and warranty. T2, with and without the ev bays, has an average speed of 1300MB/s. However, Thunderbolt 3 is much faster: standard 2000MB/s, and 1500MB/s with the ev adapters. Both types can be RAID configured to either RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and 50. Although the ev models can't do RAID 50.
As for Warranty, the Thunderbolt 3 models are backed for 5 years and unlimited technical support. Thunderbolt 2 models come with a 3 year limited warranty.
Another difference between the standard and XL Arrays, is that the XL's do not have a SSD model. Understandable though, that many SSD drives in one tower would get quite expensive!
Perfect for 4K and 8K multi-stream workflows and the ability to daisy chain multiple Arrays, G-Techs Shuttle Drives have the power and speed to accomplish any high production project!
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