The TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 DAS next to a laptop that looks like a macbook

The term ‘NAS’ – Network Attached Storage – is pretty common. The TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 is not a NAS, but rather a DAS – Direct Attached Storage. That means it’s like a NAS but connects directly, in this case with Thunderbolt 3. NAS features like five drive bays and hardware RAID are still present, but you’re not putting it all on a network.

The TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 doesn’t come cheap, and is listed on Amazon UK for £600. Over on Amazon US, the asking price is $700. TerraMaster look to justify the price with a promise of over 1GB/s throughput when configured with SSDs, as well as convinient features that take advantage of the Thunderbolt interface. The full press release follows.

TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 Packs Comprehensive Feature Set for a Professional Workflow

March 16th, 2020 Shenzhen, China – TerraMaster, a professional brand that specializes in providing innovative storage products, including network attached storage and direct attached storage, is pleased to share the features of its incredible line of direct-attached storage for Thunderbolt 3 devices. TerraMaster’s line-up of pro-RAID Thunderbolt 3 storage devices offers excellent scalability and performance for their price and allow professionals to leverage, top-level features for their work. Focusing on the D5 Thunderbolt 3, easily TerraMaster’s top selling product from its Thunderbolt lineup, this product has the perfect balance of price and features for even the most demanding workflow.

Hardware RAID with Multiple Options

The D5 Thunderbolt 3 supports RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID10 natively as well as JBOD configuration to fit your requirement. Get data redundancy and performance or go full performance or fully redundant with your choice of RAID configuration. The D5 Thunderbolt 3 is powered by a hardware RAID controller so you get faster and more secure performance from your direct-attached store product.

A picture of text listing the Terramaster D5 Thunderbolt 3's hardware RAID features. Deep breath. Compatible with multiple arrays in one device, RAID Online Capacity Expansion, automatic drive insert/removal detection, NCQ support, automatic RAID rebuild, S.M.A.R.T. support branded as 'storage health inspector', regular uatomatic drive checks, spin down idle mode, staggered drive spin up, online RAID level migration, hot swap and hot plug, supports hot spare disk, flash cache, multiple RAID initialisation types, verifies raid for bad sectors and parity check, bad sector repair and remapping, alert notifications via email, and event log.

Lightning-speed, Thunderbolt-connected

With up to 40Gbps of bandwidth, Thunderbolt 3 offers extremely lightning-fast speed to support heavy read and write operation with a 5-disk SSD array in RAID0 yielding up to 1035MB/s throughput in internal testing. This, coupled with the capacity offering of a multi-drive device, offers unbeatable capacity, speed and performance for workflows that require it.

Daisy-chain and Multi-Monitor Support

Connect multiple monitors and Thunderbolt 3 devices thanks daisy-chain support and use multiple screens up to 3 screens simultaneously. Perfect for multi-taskers or optimized, multi-screen panel workflows, utilize both the speed and flexibility of Thunderbolt 3 with your D5 Thunderbolt 3 so your creativity and efficiency isn’t limited.

The thunderbolt-related features of the TerraMaster D5. Don't worry, this list is shorter. More speed with a 40Gbps interface, more pixels with support for two daisy-chained 4K monitors including a displayport output on the NAS, more security with multiple RAID options, more power with up to 15W USB PD, and 'more easier' with RAID management software.

Certified Quality

With certification from both Intel and Apple, TerraMaster’s Thunderbolt 3 lineup promises design and performance on-par with the expectation of customers from these top companies, offering excellent reliability as well.

For more information about the D5 Thunderbolt 3, please see official product page:

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