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hyper-fast thunderbolt enabled shuttle raid delivering ssd speeds at hdd prices.

Take an already hyper-efficient Thunderbolt RAID and double its performance without compromising on cost or capacity. That’s exactly what you get with SymplySPARK XT.

By using Seagate MACH.2 hard drives we’re able to deliver SSD speeds from an HDD array. MACH.2 drives use innovative Multi-Actuator technology to increase both read and write performance. Normal hard drives are, in construction, a series of platters with a read/write head (an actuator) flying over the top of them.

MACH.2 drives add a second actuator to enable increased read/write actions with each revolution of the platter. In other words: double the IOPS.

Perfect for 8K+ Workflows

MACH.2 HDDs really are what the future looks like for storage. Multi-Actuators delivering huge performance increases and lowering TCO. 

When it comes to SymplySPARK XT you immediately see the benefits. Each MACH.2 drive has a 14 TB capacity. SPARK XT ships with eight drives arranged in RAID 5, delivering 98 TB of configured capacity.

And its performance is staggering. Testing with popular benchmarking tools from AJA, ATTO and Blackmagic can report read speeds of up to 2,952 MB/s and write speeds clocking in at 1,977 MB/s. In real-world usage sustained read and write speeds of ~2000 MB/s can be expected*. More than enough for the most demanding 8K+ workflows, VFX, simulation, and complex file ingest and delivery.

*Please use performance metrics for guidance only. Symply cannot guarantee you will get the same numbers in your environment as results will vary based on your particular application, host computer system, data type, file sizes, and other variables such as concurrent system usage and third-party software working with the SPARK XT. But we can assure you SPARK XT is very, very fast!

Library quiet

SymplySPARK XT has been designed from the ground up to work in studio environments and on set. It uses a larger fan than most shuttle RAID systems so its able to spin more slowly to provide the cooling required, generating less than 45dB of noise – quieter than your average library.

And the benefits don’t stop there. Uniquely in the market, SymplySPARK XT has a user-serviceable fan and power assembly. No more sending units back just to have a component swapped out. Simply use the optional Self Assist Maintenance kit and be up and running again in minutes.

FeatureSymplySPARK XTSanDisk Professional G-RAID 8ArecaPromise R32 8 BayOWC Thunderbay 8
All metal construction (no plastic)
Interface2 x TB3 with Device Charging2 x TB3 with USB, USB 3.22 x TB3 with, 1 x Display port2 x TB3/USB 3.2 with device charging2 x TB3 with device charging, 1 x Display port 
Hardware RAID EngineSoftware RAID Pro – RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0 (10) – MacOS Only
Carry Handle
Studio Mode / Lights Out
HDD Positioning Pin
Multi-Actuator drive support
Self-Service PSU & Fan
Ships in wheeled hard case (shock test 250GB / 2ms)
Kensington Lock
% Bigger or Smaller than SymplySPARK
240 x 150 x 318 mm245 x 175 x 385 mm
(44% Bigger)
146 x 302 x 290 mm
(11% Bigger)
245 x 187 x 310 mm
(24% Bigger)
260 x 180 x 240 mm
(2% smaller)
Weight10.8 Kg 
(5.38 Kg without drives)
9% Heavier 
11.8 to 12.3 Kg
26% Heavier 
6.8 Kg (without drives)
1.8% Heavier 
11.0 Kg
35% Heavier
7.3KG without HDDs
Warranty5 Years5 Years3 Years3 Years1, 3, 5 years depending model purchased

Features and Benefits

  • Lightweight, portable, and rugged design
  • Impact resistant wheeled transport case included
  • Whisper quiet < 45dB
  • Eight hot-swap drive bays
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for highest throughput, daisy chaining, and fast device charging
  • Advanced field serviceable design for maximum up-time
  • Fast, reliable RAID 5/6 Protection to prevent content loss and keep you working even in the unlikely event of a drive failure
  • 2m (6.5ft) Active Thunderbolt 3 Cable included
  • Kensington Lock
  • Supported by the Symply five year warranty and free lifetime and online support by trained media professionals

Technical Specifications

Capacity112 TBOperating Environmentals0°C – 40°C (32°F – 104°F), 5% – 85% humidity (non-condensing)
Number of drive Bays8Kensington Lock Yes 
RAID Level Support0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBODStudio ModeLED Blackout 
Thunderbolt™3 Ports2 x Thunderbolt 3
(Daisy Chaining and Device Charging)
Whisper Quiet < 45dB
Dimensions (L x W x H)24x15x31.8 cm (9.4x6x12.5 in)OS Support macOS and Windows
Weight (with HDDs)10.7 KG (23.5 lb)Carry Handle Yes
Field swappable HDD, FAN and Power supplyYes Drive Locator PinReduces risk of damage during transport
Mechanical Shock TestIn protective case supplied 250G/2ms Warranty 5 Years


AJA (4092×2160 4K-2160, 16GB, 10bit)2336 MB/Sec1896 MB/Sec
Blackmagic2240 MB/Sec1751 MB/Sec
ATTO DiskBench2952 MB/Sec1977 MB/Sec


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