NT2 U3.1

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USB 3.1 10G
Hardware RAID controller

NT2 U3.1

The ultra compact design of the NT2 makes this dual-bay RAID storage enclosure one of the smallest in the market, yet it still packs a punch when it comes to flexibility and performance. The incorporation of the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 technology provides users with super fast transfer rates of up to 10Gbps. At the same time, it is still backwards compatible with the widely used USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 technology.

  • Configurable hardware RAID controller (Non-RAID, RAID 0, RAID 1, SPAN)
  • SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2) interface
  • Supports Universal Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP)
  • Backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Extremely compact dual-bay design for two 3.5" drives
  • Active cooling fan with ON/OFF switch
  • Security lock slot

SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2)

By incorporating the latest SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2) technology, the AKiTiO NT2 U3.1 is able to deliver up to twice the speed of the USB 3.1 Gen 1 and the older USB 3.0 connection, which runs at only 5Gbps. At the same time, the device is still backwards compatible with the widely used USB 3.0 and even USB 2.0 technology.

NT2 U3.1 transfer rates

Compact Dual-Bay Design

This dual-bay storage enclosure is designed to house up to two 3.5-inch SATA drives with the option to create a RAID set according to your own preferences. The small footprint makes this the ideal storage expansion for your crowded desktop.

Dual-Bay RAID Enclosure

Hardware RAID Controller

With the built-in hardware RAID controller you can mirror the drives with RAID 1 as a reliable backup for your important data, stripe the drives with RAID 0 for optimal performance and maximum transfer rates or you can select SPAN to combine the drives for large storage capacities. Even individually with Non-RAID, the SATA 6Gb/s interface allows each drive to run at full SATA-III speeds.

Hardware RAID controller


Results will vary depending on the test environment and the drives but in order to really experience the faster transfer rates of the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface at speeds of up to 10Gbps, it's necessary to install two SSD's and create a striped RAID set. Even though the NT2 U3.1 storage enclosure is not designed for the smaller 2.5" drives, it's still possible to install and use SSD's with a 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter like the Neutrino Bridge for example.

akitio nt2 u31 benchmark3

For 3.5" desktop drives, the performance for anything other than a RAID 0 set is almost identical no matter if the device is connected to a USB 3.0 host at 5Gbps or a USB 3.1 Gen 2 host at 10Gbps, because the traditional spinning hard disk drives simply cannot go any faster.

Benchmark results

NT2 U3.1

  • CE

  • FCC

  • VCCI

  • BSMI

  • 2-year limited warranty

  • High quality aluminum housing

  • Up to two 3.5" SATA hard disk drives

  • Capacity 80GB - 12TB per HDD

  • For RAID 0 & 1, two hard drives of identical capacity are recommended

  • Non-RAID

  • RAID 0 striping

  • RAID 1 mirroring

  • SPAN

  • 1x USB SuperSpeed port supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 (backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0)

  • USB 3.1 up to 10Gbps (1250MB/s)

  • USB 3.0 up to 5Gbps (625MB/s)

  • Windows 7 or above

  • Computer with USB connection

  • USB 3.1: Mac OS 10.9 or above

  • USB 3.0: Mac OS 10.7 or above

  • Computer with USB connection

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C

  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C

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

  • External power supply (UL, cUL, CE, TUV approved)

  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz

  • Output: DC +12V/3A

  • 11.8 dB(A)

  • 7.2 inches x 4.8 inches x 3.2 inches

  • 18.2cm x 12.3cm x 8.1cm

  • NT2 U3.1 storage enclosure

  • USB 3.0 cable (1m, Type-A to Type-B) [why not USB 3.1?]

  • Power adapter

  • Setup guide

  • Retail Box Size: 10.6 x 8.8 x 5.1 in. (27 x 22.4 x 13 cm)

  • Carton Size (6pcs per carton): 22.4 x 16.5 x 9.8 in. (57 x 42 x 25 cm)

  • This product is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 but for best performance, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 host is recommended.

  • This product is not compatible with the Surface Pro 3.


En cualquier caso, es un producto que recomiendo sin ningún tipo de dudas para quienes no quieran gastarse mucho más en un RAID Thunderbolt que con dos discos duros mecánicos no va a tener mejor rendimiento. Read More...

Jesús Hernández Ruiz - MotionFX (January 23, 2018)