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Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 05:08 pm PT (08:08 pm ET)

G-Technology to ship Thunderbolt 2 'Studio Series' RAID arrays in mid-May, up to 24TB

The latest entry in a growing selection of Thunderbolt 2 capable storage solutions, G-Technology's G-SPEED Studio and G-RAID Studio RAID arrays incorporate high-capacity 6TB HDDs and ultra-fast I/O into small chassis designs.



First announced at the National Association of Broadcasters event earlier in April, G-Technology's Studio lineup promises to deliver fast, configurable RAID solutions for digital media professionals. The company claims its products use the highest capacity hard disks available, clocking in at up to 6TB.

The top-end G-SPEED Studio models boast four-bay enclosures with a built-in RAID controller and user-selectable RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. With a fast RAID 0 striped volume, the G-SPEED can hit transfer rates of up to 660MB/s and support daisy-chaining via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports.

With enterprise-class hard drives, the lineup can be configured in capacities of up to 24TB, meaning certain RAID configurations can hold up to 30 hours of 4K footage in ProRes 4444. In addition, the hardware supports multi-streamed 2K and 4K video to workstations for editing

On the lower end of the price spectrum is the G-RAID Studio lineup, a two-bay enclosure configurable with 7,200 RPM HDDs in capacities up to a total of 12TB. RAID options include RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD, while Thunderbolt 2 takes care of transfer with rates up to 360MB/s.

According to G-Technology, the G-RAID Studio series is ideal for real-time editing of large photo files or multiple streams of compressed 2K and 4K video.

While the company announced a release date sometime in May, MacMall is currently taking preorders for select configurations shipping in mid-May.

In the G-SPEED Studio series, prices start at $2,199.95 for 12TB of storage, while a 16TB version comes in at $2,699.95 and the high-capacity 24TB array is priced at $3,599.95. From the G-RAID Studio series, the 6TB model can be ordered for $699.95, while the 8TB and 12TB versions come in at $849.95 and $1,299.95, respectively.