NAB 2018 seems to be the year of ultra-fast NVMe solid state drive releases. Now, OWC's newest ThunderBlade external SSDs fit for editing 8K video are available to ship today in capacities from 1 TB to 8 TB.
With dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the new ThunderBlades can be daisy-chained alongside five additional devices for a total of up to 48 TB in ultra-fast storage. And by connecting more than one drive with SoftRAID, these speeds can increase another gigabyte per second to 3,800 MB/s. That would allow a 1 TB transfer in under four-and-a-half minutes.
Advertised as the fastest external drive available, the ThunderBlade matches the speeds offered by G-Technology's latest solid state drives announced earlier this week. In comparison to G-Technology's G-Drive Pro SSD AC-powered drive, the ThunderBlade offers very similar features and storage options, but at up to one-third the savings, with prices from $1,199 for 1 TB and up to $4,999 for 8 TB compared to the G-Drive Pro SSD's $1,399 for 960 GB to a whopping $7,599 for 7.68 TB. These do, however, come with a three-year warranty compared to G-Technology's five-year warranty. But you'll also have to wait until May for the G-Drive Pro SSD.
OWC's ThunderBlade drives are available now and ship today from B&H in 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB, and 8 TB capacities.