OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 review

OWC ThunderBay Flex 8: 30-second review


Number of Bays: 8
Mechanisms Supported: 3.5-inch SATA drives, 2.5-inch SATA drives, 2.5-inch U.2 drives (top 4 bays only), NVMe M.2 drives (via U.2 adapter), 2.5 inch SAS drives (requires SAS card, not included), 3.5 inch SAS drives (requires SAS card, not included)
RAID Levels Supported: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 4, RAID 5, JBOD RAID
Features: Software RAID Expansion Slots: 1 PCIe 3.0 x16 physical, x4 electrical, full-height, half-length, single-width Memory Card Slots: 1 CFexpress 2.0 Type B, 1 SD UHS-II Power Delivery: 2 Thunderbolt 3 Ports (15W, 85W) Device Ports: 1 Host Port – Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) up to 40 Gb/s, 1 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Port, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Port up to 10Gb/s, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A Ports up to 10Gb/s, 1 DisplayPort Port Display Support by Port: DisplayPort 1.4: Up to 8K @ 60Hz or 4K @ 120Hz, Thunderbolt 3: Up to 5K @ 60Hz or 4K @ 60Hz
Dimensions: Height: 34.9 cm (13.7 in), Length: 39.0 cm (15.4 in), Width: 14.9 cm (5.9 in)
Weight: 9.2 kg (20.26 lbs)

Working with the latest cameras, both stills and video is an expensive business. OK, the hardware is a known outlay, but then you have to consider the files these cameras produce and where to store them. While larger studios may be well-equipped with IT engineers who will sort out your server rack and storage, in a small photo or video studio, it’s usually left to the individual.

That’s where the OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 comes into play, as a fully configurable all-in-one storage solution with both the capacity for fast access and archival storage, albeit also fast access. Essentially, the OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 is a RAID-ready enclosure with eight bays for storage media. This media can be configured in any way you like, with a mix of SSD and HDD drives; for example, our review sample shipped with four 2TB SSD drives configured as a Stripe RAID 0 and four 4TB HDDs in RAID 5.


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