IMG 1867 WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6TB and ASUS ThunderboltEX: High Speed Mass Storage on Windows

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! We are finally starting to see Intel Thunderbolt-enabled motherboards and peripherals trickling into the PC ecosystem, albeit still commanding ridiculous prices. This weekend, we try out WD's high capacity storage solution for creative professionals – My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6TB.

Two months ago, we played with a speedy 2.5-inch SSD RAID enclosure with Thunderbolt from LaCie (retro-fitted with a pair of Corsair Force GTs) during our review of the Asus P8Z77-V Premium/MSI Z77A-GD80. That contraption was screaming fast, but creative professionals like film makers and other digital media artists also need bulk storage on top of stable sequential transfer speeds, and a pure SSD implementation is still too expensive $/gb wise to fulfill that requirement.

Enter the WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo, which offers 4 to 6TB of storage in a dual-disk enclosure, and can be configured as JBOD, RAID-0 stripping (speed) or RAID-1 mirroring (redundency). 

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Behind, we see two 10Gb/s Thunderbolt ports capable of daisy-chaining, an external power connector and a kensington security lock hole.

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The two 3.5-inch SATA mechanical hard disks used were from the WD Cavier Green family (WD30EZRX), which boasts of a rotational speed between 5400 to 7200rpm (IntelliPower) and 64MB cache. WD claims they are "user-replaceable" in the event of drive failure.

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Up front, there is a small 40mm fan providing the drives with some air flow to avoid overheating during long hours of intensive operation.

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From here, we will be carrying out our tests with ASUS's aftermarket ThunderboltEX expansion card for select H77/Z77 boards, shown below hooked up to a Ivy Bridge ROG MVG rig.

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