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NetStor NA338TB3


The NetStor NA338TB3 is an enclosure to install a Mac mini with 3 PCIe slots and 16 disk arrays.

The Netstor NA338TB3 SAS/SATA enclosure is ideal when PCIe slots and a high storage capacity are required for a Mac, server or workstation that has no further expansion possibilities.

In the NA338TB3, a Mac mini can be integrated directly and connected via a Thunderbolt cable. Multiple full length PCIe slots are available to insert cards , e.g. for video editing from Blackmagic, Matrox, AJA,  RED or other manufacturers.

An pre-installed Areca 12 Gbps SAS RAID controller ensures high data transfer rates for 4K video editing, recording and other applications. This Areca ARC-1883ix-16 RAID controller connects the 16 drive bays. SDDs and/or HDDs can then be installed in these drive bays.

Under RAID level 6, up to 28 TB storage capacity can be provided with 16 x 2 TB HDDs. This prevents data loss even in the case of failure of two hard drives.

The Areca RAID controller is equipped with an external miniSAS x4 HD expansion port. Additional JBODs with HDDs and SSDs can be connected to extend the storage capacity.

Specifications of the Netstor NA338TB3 system with Areca ARC-1883ix-16 RAID controller:


  • Host Interface: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 with 40 Gbps per port (dual port for Daisy Chain)
  • Slot for the integration of a MAC mini into the back of the enclosure
  • Expandable with up to 6 additional Thunderbolt devices (Daisy Chain)
  • 3 x PCIe slots for RAID controllers and other cards
  • Up to 16x hot swappable 2.5 SFF SAS (12 Gbps) or SATA (6 Gbps) HDDs or SSDs
  • Areca ARC-1883ix-16 RAID controller:
    • One external and four internal 12 Gbps SAS x4 connectors
    • Direct control of 16 internal hard HDDs or SSDs
    • Support for a total of 256 HDDs or SSDs via SAS expander
    • 2 to 8 GB DDR3 RAM
    • Web-browser-based, graphical user interface (GUI) via management LAN port or Thunderbolt
    • RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, JBOD
    • Optional battery backup module
    • RAID functions: RAID migration, RAID expansion and dynamic extensibility in operation
  • Supported OS: macOS X 10.12.3 or later, Windows 7 and higher
  • Power supply with 460 W; Input voltage: 90 V ~ 256 V
  • Relative humidity: 20% ~ 80%, non-condensing
  • Operating temperature: 5 ° C ~ 40 ° C
  • Dimensions in mm (Width x Height x Depth): 482 x 88 (2U) x 415
  • Warranty: 2 years

    Compatible PCIe cards


    Brand Model
    Host Support
    Apple Mac Pro 2013, Mac mini, Mac mini Server, MBP, iMac with a Thunderbolt port (macOS x 10.68+)
    RAID Card Support
    Areca ARC-1882ix 18 (driver), ARC-1883ix-16 (driver), ARC-1264ML-16 (driver)
    Audio Card Support
    RME HDSPe MADI, HDSPe AES, HDSPe AIO, HDSPe RayDAT
    Universal Audio UAD-2 DUO (version 6.3.1+), UAD-2 QUAD
    Video Card Support
    BlackMagic DeckLink Sudio, DeckLink HD 3D, DeckLink Quad, DeckLink 4K (version 9.5+), Intensity Pro
    Matrox Mojito MAX
    AJA Kona 3G (Version 10.3+), Kona LHi, Kona LHe Plus
    RED RED ROCKET, RED ROCKET-X
    10G Networking Card
    ATTO Fast Frame NS11, Fast Frame NS12, Fast Frame NS14, Fast Frame CS11, Fast Frame CS12, Fast Frame CS14
    Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-2C, 10G-PCIE-8B-2S, 10G-PCIE-8B-C, 10G-PCIE-8B-S, 10G-PCIE2-8B2-2C, 10G-PCIE2-8B2-2S (version v1.3.1+)
    Small Tree PETG1 series, PETG2 series, PETG4 series (version v2.14+)