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AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad

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AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad

Faster than ever, you can now achieve speeds of up to 1375MB/s with this 4-bay Thunderbolt™ 2 technology storage enclosure. The removable trays allow for easy installation and replacement of the drives. They are designed for both 2.5" SSDs where speed is the priority and for 3.5" HDDs when it's important to maximize the storage capacity. An ultra durable aluminum casing provides efficient heat dissipation, plus an extra large rear fan keeps your drives cool during long hours of operation.

  • Thunderbolt™ 2 interface for lighting fast transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps
  • Comes with two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports, supporting storage and display
  • Large and quiet low speed fan (1900 RPM) for active cooling
  • Removable trays for easy SSD and/or HDD installation
  • Large handle provides comfortable grip when relocating the device
  • Supports AKiTiO Data Multiplier application

High-Speed I/O Performance

By incorporating the awesome Thunderbolt 2 interface and combining it with four SSD drives that can keep up in a RAID 0 software RAID, AKiTiO’s Thunder2 Quad is ready to deliver an extremely fast throughput performance of up to 1375MB/s.

I/O performance

2 Thunderbolt Ports for Daisy Chain

The second Thunderbolt 2 port lets you daisy chain up to five Thunderbolt devices together. For example, you can attach additional external drives and even a display all connected to your computer through a single cable.

Thunderbolt daisy chain

4K Workflow with Thunderbolt 2 Technology

Thunderbolt 2 technology incorporates DisplayPort 1.2 support, which allows for video streaming to a single 4K video monitor. If you are a video editor, you can now use a single port to connect your external storage drives and a 4K display.

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Faster Backup and Data Duplication

With the free AKiTiO Data Multiplier application, backing up and duplicating files is faster than ever. Designed with video editors and data imaging technicians in mind, the application requires only a few clicks to simultaneously copy the files from one drive and duplicate them onto up to three other drives.

Real World Benchmark

Test Environment: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013), Mac OS 10.9.1, Apple Software RAID (RAID 0), 4 x AKiTiO Extreme SSD 1TB, Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

Blackmagic Benchmark

AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad

  • TBQ-TIAA-AKTU (without drives)

  • TBQ+T3T (without drives but with T3T adapter for Thunderbolt 3 computers)


  • TBQ-TIAA-AKT1UH (4 x 2TB HDDs)

  • TBQ-TIAA-AKT2UH (4 x 4TB HDDs)

  • CE

  • FCC

  • VCCI

  • Thunderbolt™ technology

  • 2-year limited warranty

  • High quality aluminum for optimized heat dissipation

  • Up to four 2.5" or 3.5" SATA-I, SATA-II or SATA-III drives

  • Non-RAID

  • 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports

  • Thunderbolt 2 interface up to 20Gbps

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

  • Computer with Thunderbolt connector

  • Mac OS 10.9 or above

  • Computer with Thunderbolt connector

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C

  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C

  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)

  • External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved)

  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz

  • Output: DC +12V/12.5A (peak current 15A/10sec)

  • 25 dB(A)

  • 9.53 inches x 5.31 inches x 7.24 inches

  • 24.2cm x 13.5cm x 18.4cm

  • AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad enclosure (drives not included)

  • Thunderbolt cable

  • Power adapter

  • Setup guide

  • Retail Box Size: 12.9 x 10.7 x 8.4 in. (32.7 x 27.2 x 21.4 cm)

  • Carton Size (2pcs per carton): 17.7 x 13.6 x 11.8 in. (45 x 34.5 x 30 cm)

  • Gross Weight: 5.25 kg (retail box), 12.6 kg (carton)

  • The maximum real world performance of this Thunderbolt 2 product is about 1375 MB/s. To reach these kind of speeds with the AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad, four SSDs that are combined in a RAID 0 system (Apple Software RAID) are required.

  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Apple's Boot Camp.

  • Thunderbolt cable not included with all models or in all regions.

  • To connect this device to a Thunderbolt 3 computer, a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter like the AKiTiO T3T is required.

  • This product has components or design elements that are patented or patent pending.


Ricapitolando brevemente i punti essenziali di questa recensione, il Thunder2 Quad di AKiTiO è un case con una eccellente qualità strutturale ed un'estetica pulita, resa meno banale dalla presenza di una maniglia. Di per sé non fa molto altro che portare 4 dischi direttamente sul bus PCI del nostro computer grazie alla connessione Thunderbolt 2, ma è quello il suo pregio maggiore. Read More...

Maurizio Natali - SaggiaMente (June 3, 2017)

The speeds you see from this unit are astonishing. It’s perfectly happy to play uncompressed 25fps 4K footage while connected to a Macbook Pro, without any signs of visible stress. It’s a good looking unit, too: Nicely machined and in a sort of gun-metal grey, it has a very handy handle on the top for portability. Read More...

News Staff - RedShark (February 21, 2015)

Zu einem günstigen Preis erhält man mit dem Akitio Thunder2 Quad ein robustes RAID-Gehäuse mit guten Leistungswerten. Im täglichen Betrieb gab es keine Probleme und selbst als Bootlaufwerk funktionierte es tadellos. Read More...

Thomas Bergbold - Macwelt (January 12, 2015)

Overall, I think the AKiTio Thunder2 Quad is a great external hard drive option for the professional who is looking to do video editing and needs fast data transfer speeds between his PC and the storage device. It has huge storage capacity, great heat dissipation, and should have excellent data transfer speeds under the right conditions. Read More...

Perry Brauner - Gear Diary (December 7, 2014)

For those in the professional media production business, there’s no choice but Thunderbolt. When working with raw video or audio, Thunderbolt is the only connectivity interface up to the task because of the bandwidth it provides. Read More...

Team VR - VR-Zone (July 28, 2014)