TerraMaster: D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review

TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review

Hello, everyone! For today, your friend Marius has tested the new TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3. You can use the new TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt together with your Mac PC and the setup is so simple that it almost seems unreal. The TerraMaster D5 offers superior capability compared to competing items at much higher prices, and it’s forward compatible with future iMac systems. You can add different disk brands without having to worry about incompatibility. The set up is extremely easy. Migration of data spanning several external drives is a snap. So fast! However, the thing to keep in mind is that the TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt is not a NAS. The TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 is a DAS device for video editing. DAS stands for Direct Attached Storage, whereas NAS means Network Attached Storage, and are two different things.

🚀TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 Official Website

🗒️TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt Technical Specifications

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Packaging

The D5 Thunderbolt 3 arrived at the mariushosting residence packed in a sturdy cardboard box. The product itself is further packed carefully inside, covered in Styrofoam from every angle to ensure its integrity during delivery.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 1

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Packaging Contents

In addition to the D5 Thunderbolt 3 DAS box itself, in the package you will find the following: an AC Power Cord and Power Adapter, some SSD and HDD screws, as well as a 0.8 Meter Thunderbolt 3 cable (40Gbps). You will also find a Limited Warranty Note and a Quick Installation Guide. In addition to these, there are two spare rubber feet in case you may happen to lose one.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 2

First Impressions

The D5 Thunderbolt 3 is suitable for use with both HDDs and SSDs, depending on your disk preference and budget. The DAS itself is very robust, and, just as important, it is well ventilated. The TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 is currently available at a retail price of $700 or 700EUR. The simplicity of this model is refreshing – RAID 0 with modern HDDs gets you near 500MBs per second. SSDs works better and you can get to 750mb per second in RAID 0. RAID 0 is normally used to increase performance, although it can also be used as a way to create a large logical volume out of two or more physical disks. RAID 0, also known as a stripe set or striped volume, splits “stripes” data evenly across two or more disks, without parity information, redundancy, or fault tolerance. I used RAID 0 just for testing purposes.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 3

Excellently Ventilated!

As you can tell from the picture below, the D5 Thunderbolt 3 enjoys excellent rear ventilation. Two large fans have been added at the back of the device to handle ventilation and temperature control, providing optimal heat dissipation.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 4

Higher Transmission Speed

The D5 Thunderbolt 3 supports a DP 1.4 interface, USB 3.1 Gen2 host (use to connect USB storage device), 40Gb Thunderbolt 3 Data Transmission and 40Gb Thunderbolt 3 Daisy Chain.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 5

Robust and Ventilated at The Bottom

If you take a closer look at the device, you will immediately notice that not only is the ventilation excellent, but the DAS itself is quite robust. There is metal everywhere you look and that gives it an almost industrial look.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 6

You Can Grab It!

That’s right, you can grab the D5 Thunderbolt 3 DAS as if it were a bag, without any fear of it slipping out of your hands.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 7

Easy Bay Removal

I made a little video showing how to remove a Bay (disk compartment) from the D5 Thunderbolt 3 TerraMaster DAS. As you can see, it’s a piece of cake!


Very practical, not too big. Quiet, the fan turns on only when necessary.

D5 Thunderbolt 3 Review 8

This post was updated on Sunday / January 21st, 2024 at 10:49 PM