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It’s not exactly uncommon to find manufacturers making claims for product performance that few of us would actually be able replicate. Often the testing methods are not typical or are adorned with an asterisk or two – involving a bit of effort to find the relevant footnote. Battery life and data rates are among the worst …

  1. frank ly

    re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

    Why are they horizontal? I'd have thought that vertical ridges would give better air flow over a larger area leading to better heat transfer.

    1. Heisenberg

      Re: re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

      As stated in the article, the emphasis is on portability for this piece of kit so the ridges are horizontal to allow for increased airflow, and hence GREATER cooling while moving at speed.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

      > Why are they horizontal?

      You can extrude the horizontal fins directly but you'd need costly and time consuming machining to do vertical ones.

      Although for £999 I'd be looking for a choice in the matter. That and about £500 change....

      1. cray74

        Re: re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

        "You can extrude the horizontal fins directly but you'd need costly and time consuming machining to do vertical ones."

        Or break the casing into multiple panels that could be extruded directly, but that's more assembly work and industrial operations.

        Hmm. I guess you could stand this thing on end, right? Prop it up a bit to get the necessary airflow space to the fan and you've got your vertical fins.

    3. Adam 1

      Re: re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

      For a thousand pounds I would expect a compressor to be in the mix.

  2. Bassey

    Missing something

    I must be missing something. This drive is squarely aimed at people editing 4K video - which is massive. Yet this drive has only 1TB of space - if configured for striping??

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    At least

    it won't rattle and be as noisy as the disk based models, oh hang on, there is a fan inside!!

  4. batfastad

    Hurm

    So for people editing 4K video this device is good for about 20secs of footage then?

    1. karlp

      Re: Hurm

      Not Quite.

      1TB would get you 7+ Hours of 4K REDCODE RAW, 4+ Hours of ProRes, or 2+ Hours of ProRes 4444

      So no, you aren't going to be grading a feature off of it, but you could certainly cut a commercial on it and then dump the project to an RDX drive or even DLT for archive.

      The pricing is fine if it's reliable. With LaCie it's a tossup over whether it will be or not. Time will tell.

      Karl P

  5. Joe Gurman

    About those ports....

    "The RD MacBook Pros have two Thunderbolt 2 ports and, just to make the point, the Mac Pro has six of the blighters although it’s likely several will be taken up for DisplayPort monitor duties in a video editing suite."

    Even though Thunderbolt 2 aggregates two 10 Gbit/s channels into a single 20 Gbit/s one, according to Wikipedia, "Intel claims Thunderbolt 2 will be able to transfer a 4K video while simultaneously displaying it on a discrete monitor." Well, maybe not read it at quite 1375 Mbyte/s = 11 Gbit/s, but close.

    So there's very little hit in putting even a Thunderbolt 2 RAID array in the same daisy chain as a (single) monitor. You could even do it on a late model Mac mini, which has two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    1. Tom Samplonius
      Stop

      Re: About those ports....

      "Intel claims Thunderbolt 2 will be able to transfer a 4K video while simultaneously displaying it on a discrete monitor." Well, maybe not read it at quite 1375 Mbyte/s = 11 Gbit/s, but close."

      Not really. Thunderbolt has several logical channels. The video output on Thunderbolt uses the Display Port channel on Thunderbolt, but data uses the PCIe channels. The 2 x 10Gbps channels are dedicated for PCIe.

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/be/Thunderbolt_Technology_model_1_E.png

  6. ADRM

    Clearly this is aimed at clients with money to burn. The high cost will be the extra mains power cords provided and the fact it is shiny and for use with an Apple machine.*Sarcasm*

    1. FutureShock999

      No, the extra cost is for packaging it all up, and putting a warranty on it. And ensuring that there is enough margin on it so that stores and distributors will stock it, despite it being a low-volume sales item.

      While it is expensive, it is one of those items that if you need it, ALL of the alternatives are expensive too. Clearly, your p0rn collection does not need it....

  7. Anomalous Cowturd
    WTF?

    4 Amps? WTF?

    Is there a heating element to speed warm up times?

  8. Markahuna
    Pint

    Performance Measurement

    Manufacturer Megabytes are typically 1000 X 1000 bytes as opposed to 1024 X 1024 that are used in the real-world, or on the AJA System Test. Just like manufacturers giving the diagonal dimensions of displays.

  9. FutureShock999

    Am I the only person that keeps reading that interface name as "Thunderbird 2"?

  10. Mudslinger

    £1000

    Back in the day (early 90s) my employer spent £1000 on a 100MB SCSI external drive. The SE30 it was to hang off the back of had just a 40MB drive.

    That's quite a bit of progress in the last 20 odd years...

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