OWC Introduces ThunderBlade External Drives

OWC is offering the ThunderBlade drive in 1TB to 8TB capacities, with up to 2,800MB/s read speeds and 2,450MB/s write speeds.

OWC said the ThunderBlades’ transfer speeds make it the fastest external drive available. Inside each ThunderBlade are four M.2 SSDs — up to 2TB per SSD — which has its own dedicated piece of the front-facing LED.

Every drive features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow users to daisy chain up to six ThunderBlades together and configure them in Software RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 1+0. SoftRAID allows a pair of ThunderBlade drives to hit read speeds of up to 3,800MB/s.

The ThunderBlade's read and write speeds enable it to handle uncompressed, high-bandwidth media, making it an ideal choice for video editors and other creative content users dealing with large amounts of data.

In addition to blistering speeds, OWC designed ThunderBlade to be durable and includes a ballistic hard-shell protective case with the drive. ThunderBlade can operate in temperatures ranging from 50 degrees to 95 degrees F. It measures 1.2 x 4.9 x 7.5 inches and weighs 1.8 pounds. It supports both Windows 10 and macOS 10.13 or greater.

The OWC ThunderBlade is available to purchase from several online retailers, beginning at $1200 for one terabyte up to $5,000 for eight terabytes.

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