TerraMaster has introduced an updated version of the D8 Thunderbolt 3 Professional External Drive device enclosure (D8-331). It uses a new RAID controller to improve data transfer rates. According to the manufacturer’s estimate, the gain reaches 30%.
More specifically, a configuration with eight SSDs combined in a RAID 0 array can achieve speeds of up to 2100 MB/s, while the original model was able to achieve speeds of up to 1600 MB/s.
As before, the Terra Master External Drive device has eight drive bays of 3.5 or 2.5 inches with a SATA interface, but now their total capacity can be up to 144 TB (8 x 18 TB). With two Thunderbolt 3 ports, you can chain up to six drives. In this case, it is easy to calculate that the total volume exceeds 800 TB.
Good cooling of drives is provided by an aluminum alloy case and two 90 mm fans. The fans can be turned on at maximum speed, select automatic mode when the speed depends on the temperature or turned off.
Users can transfer several hours of footage from a Blackmagic device to Adobe Premiere Pro. In turn, with uncompressed HD 10-bit and 12-bit video, users can edit the ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 4444 XQ, and other data streams. Thumbnails and preview rendering are significantly more responsive when using large items with numerous high-definition clips.
The price of the updated External Drive device does not differ from the original. TerraMaster D8 costs (without drives) $1,599.99 and it can be purchased via Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com online stores.
Recently, TerraMaster has also announced the availability of a U4-111 rack-mountable networked storage server, priced at $799. At the heart of this NAS is an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5-2.3 GHz. It has 4 GB of RAM at its disposal. The RAM can be expanded up to 8 GB by adding a 4 GB module in the only available slot.