OWC has launched its new Drive Dock exterior storage answer, which may accommodate two hot-pluggable laborious drives or SSDs. This newest drive dock is especially characterised by way of a USB Sort-C interface, so it may be used with the newest laptops.
OWC's Drive Dock (OWCTCDRVDCK) with a C-Gen USB three.1 interface can accommodate two 2.5 "or three.5" SATA drives, together with each HDDs and SSDs assist. The dock additionally helps RAID stripe or RAID mirror modes for extra efficiency or redundancy. Underneath the hood, the system makes use of the VL820 USB three.1 Gen 2 controller from By way of Labs and ASMedia's ASM1151 USB to SATA bridge from ASMedia, with OWC doubtless laying a software program RAID over it.
Contemplating that the utmost efficiency USB three.1 Gen 2 interface can supply is just below 1 GB / s, it is sensible to run two SATA laborious drives in RAID zero, although two high-performance SATA -SSDs in all probability signify a bottleneck of the interface.
When it comes to compatibility, the OWC answer with two drive bays ought to work with all main SATA laborious drives and SSDs. When it comes to capability, which means it could possibly accommodate two 14TB laborious drives that supply as much as 28TB of space for storing and greater than 500MB / s throughput in RAID zero. Alternatively, two SSDs can be utilized for a mixture of most energy or mixing and balancing an SSD and HDD.
The Twin Drive Dock additionally has an inner energy provide for the capabilities. Though an exterior energy provide (by way of an AC cable) is required, there isn’t any want to attach a cumbersome exterior transformer to energy the system. The inner energy provide additionally signifies that OWC has added some extras by permitting every drive bay to be turned on and off individually. General, the Drive Dock comes with a USB three.1 Gen 1 A / C cable, a USB three.1 Gen 2 C / C cable, and an influence cable.
The OWC Drive Dock for 2 storage gadgets with a USB three.1 Gen 2 Sort-C interface is kind of easy at $ 119 . If the laborious drive is populated with two 8TB HDDs (at the moment round $ 220), the overall storage answer prices about $ 560. That is cheaper than Western Digital's 16 TB MyBook Duo, which is obtainable for $ 599 and affords throughput of as much as 360 MB / s.