G-Technology, Western Digital's pro-line storage arm, announced three new series of SSD-based storage solutions for professional editing workflows including a portable SSD in 500 GB and 1 TB capacities, a desktop drive from 960 GB to 7.68 TB capacities, and a larger array in 8 TB and 16 TB capacities.
The G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD, G-Drive Pro SSD, and G-Speed Shuttle SSD all run at up to 2,800 MB/s, which is fast enough for live editing of multi-angle 4K content. At this rate, Thunderbolt 3 is also saturated, according to G-Technology. Of course, the theoretical limit of Thunderbolt 3 is 40 Gbps (or 5 GB/s). The theoretical limit is rarely the effective limit, although it's not clear what is holding back these drives slightly in this case. Nevertheless, 2,800 MB/s is fast enough for essentially any need in any of today's editing workflows. A 1 TB drive can be offloaded in just seven minutes at that speed.
The single-port bus-powered G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD will be available this summer in 500 GB and 1 TB capacities for $649.95 and $1,049.95. The dual-port, AC-powered G-Drive Pro SSD desktop drive will be available in May in 960 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB, and 7.68 TB capacities for $1,399.95, $2,099.95, $4,099.95, and $7,599.95, respectively. And the eight-bay G-Speed Shuttle SSD will ship this month in 8 TB and 16 TB capacities for $5,099.95 and $7,599.95.
Naturally, this speed doesn't come cheap. But with performance designed for a full drive write per day and a five-year warranty, this new SSD lineup is something the most demanding professionals might want to look into.