OWC unveiled its second-generation exterior ThunderBlade SSDs this week, that are focused on the high-end exterior storage market. The brand new drives provide sequential learn speeds of as much as 2800 MB / s and provide the identical efficiency because the first-generation ThunderBlade SSDs, however are less expensive.
OWCs ThunderBlade (Gen 2) DAS units can be found in 1 TB, 2 TB, four TB and eight TB configurations, identical to their predecessors. Whereas the first-generation ThunderBlade drives have been primarily based on 4 Mercury M.2 SSDs (Silicon Movement SM2260, LDPC, 3D-MLC-NAND), the ThunderBlade units (Gen 2) operated with lower-cost SSDs, that are actually trendy 3D fashions. Use TLC NANDs. Since 3D TLC is cheaper than 3D MLC, the ThunderBlade Era 2 drives begin at $ 799 ($ 1,199 for the primary era).
When it comes to efficiency, the brand new and "outdated" ThunderBlades provide the identical official specs: Each generations are designed for sequential learn speeds of as much as 2800 MB / s and for sequential write speeds of as much as 2450 MB / s (take note Efficiency ranges supplied by 4 PCIe three.zero x4 SSDs should be sturdy. When two ThunderBlade drives (Gen 2) are used and SoftRAID expertise is enabled, efficiency will increase as much as 3800 MB / s. That is the utmost efficiency stage supplied by a PCIe three.zero x4-based ThunderBolt three controller. Talking of TB3: The newest ThunderBlade continues to be primarily based on Intel's DSL6540 controller "Alpine Ridge", so there is no such thing as a USB fallback right here.
OWC's ThunderBlade units have two Thunderbolt three ports and help chaining to allow excessive capability moveable storage methods with a capability of as much as 48TB.
The OWC ThunderBlade DAS
Variety of drives
Everlasting studying velocity
2800 MB / s
3800 MB / s with SoftRAID (two DAS wanted)
Sturdy write velocity
2450 MB / s
2 × thunderbolt three
12.three cm | four.9 inches
19.2 cm | 7.5 inches
three cm | 1.2 inches
zero.7 kg | 1.eight kilos
Thunderbolt cable with 40 Gbit / s
Energy provide + cable
macOS 10.13 or later
Home windows 10 or increased
As a result of the ThunderBlade (Gen 2) is designed to be a quick and environment friendly substitute for the primary era of ThunderBlade, the newest model of the DAS is available in the identical rugged steel housing that acts as a cooling system for the NVMe SSDs.
OWC has already begun promoting its exterior SSDs ThunderBlade (Gen 2). As talked about earlier, the 1TB variant prices $ 799, whereas the top-of-the-line, 8TB mannequin prices $ three,499.