CES 2014: LaCie’s Little Big Disk Utilizes Thunderbolt 2 to Deliver 1GB/s+ Throughput
Posted on January 6, 2014 3:17 PM by Rob Williams
We talked earlier about Seagate’s latest consumer-bound external storage solutions, and now, we’re going to take a look at the opposite end of the scale, courtesy of LaCie. With its new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, LaCie is targeting the “no-compromise” video professional – and it has the specs to back that up.
Brace yourselves: Under the hood of Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 are dual 500GB PCIe SSDs configured in RAID 0. Thanks both to this and the fact that Thunderbolt 2 offers a ton of bandwidth, LaCie states that this enclosure can perform at up to 1,375MB/s, which is more than 10x the performance of an external hard drive.
By comparison, our desktop SSDs top-out at around 500MB/s, but in real use, throughput is closer to 200MB/s. Because the SSDs in this enclosure are PCIe-based, though, the performance will be unparalleled to a traditional SATA-based solution, and with two of them in RAID 0 – it’s just mind-blowing performance, that’s all that can be said.
With this performance, video professionals can edit and stream RAW 4K or 3D video without issue; in reality, this sort of bandwidth is much more than what’s required for that, but again, this is for those who don’t want compromises, and want to minimize all possible hitches.
As unfortunate as it is, LaCie is keeping mum on the pricing at the moment, but does state that the drive will be available sometime this quarter. What we do know is that it will be expensive, but on the upside, it will include a Thunderbolt cable and carry a 3-year warranty.