Last year I went hands-on with a few Akitio Thunderbolt 3-enabled drive enclosures for 9to5Mac, but none of the previous enclosures came with out-of-the-box support for macOS. Instead, users had to rely on a hack in order to enable support for these enclosures, due to the fact that macOS wasn’t compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 chipsets being used.
In today’s world, things are a bit different. Much of the Thunderbolt 3 hardware shipping today is no longer “Windows only”, which is a great thing for recent MacBook Pro and Mid-2017 iMac hardware with Thunderbolt 3 I/O capabilities.
Akitio’s soon-to-be-released Thunder3 Quad Mini is one such example of Thunderbolt 3-enabled hardware made with the Mac in mind. This four-bay enclosure comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports in a small aluminum enclosure that supports passive cooling for noiseless operation. In other words, it’s a quiet enclosure that’s perfect for RAID 0 SSD setups for maximum speed. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for more details.
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Inside the box
- Akitio Thunder 3 Quad Mini all-aluminum Space Gray enclosure
- Thunderbolt 3 cable
- AC power adapter
- Setup guide
- 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C interfaces
- Daisy chain another Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 Gen 2 device (supports up to 6 TB3 devices in chain)
- Supports up to four 2.5-inch HDDs or SSDs
- USB Power Delivery of 15W
- Dedicated Display Port (1.2) for additional monitor connectivity (4K @ 6Hz)
- Removable trays for easy access
- Fan for active cooling
- Fan switch for 0dB passive cooling
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