OWC ThunderBlade external SSD offers 16TB of super-fast storage

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OWC ThunderBlade uses Thunderbolt 3 and can be part of a RAID.
With up to 16TB of capacity, the OWC ThunderBlade hold almost an entire day of 4K RAW footage.
Photo: OWC

Creative professionals working with 4K or 8K video, or anyone who just wants an enormous amount of portable storage, can turn to the OWC ThunderBlade.  Starting Thursday, this SSD now offers up to a whopping 16TB in capacity, and can transfer data at 2800MB/s.

OWC also updated its Envoy Pro EX line with 4TB version. And the Accelsior 4M2 internal SSD now also offers up to 16TB of capacity.

At the heart of all these products is the new 4TB Aura P12 M.2 NVMe. This includes 3D NAND flash memory and security features including TCG Opal and TCG Pyrite.

“We are very excited to be the first to offer this 4TB Aura P12 SSD to expand our Envoy Pro EX, ThunderBlade and Accelsior 4M2 line-ups,” said OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor. “We know that users will get the highest performance they’ve ever experienced.”

OWC ThunderBlade

The ThunderBlade includes dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, and can be connected with multiple drives with SoftRAID. With speeds up to 2800MB/s, OWC points about that a 1TB content transfer can be completed in under 4.5 minutes. It can hold almost an entire day — 22.7 hours — of 4K RAW footage, or almost a full month of GoPro 4K footage.

The 16TB version of the SSD costs $4,999. It’s available in smaller capacities too, down to a 1TB version for $729.

OWC Envoy Pro EX series

The Envoy Pro EX series is designed to offer “lightweight, robust and impact-resistant portable storage,” according to OWC. It debuted last year, but maxed out at 2TB. Thanks to the Aura P12, this product line now goes up to 4TB.

The Thunderbolt 3 version offers 2800MB/s data transfer speeds, while a USB-C version tops out at 980MB/s. Its 4TB of storage means it can hold 800,000 images, 5.7 hours 4K RAW footage or 166 hours of GoPro 4K footage.

The Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 with 4TB is $1,179.75, while a USB-C 4TB one is $1,129.

OWC Accelsior 4M2

The Accelsior 4M2 is a PCIe M.2 NVMe internal SSD with a capacity now up to 16TB. Its transfer speed is an amazing 6,000MB/s. OWC says it’s “ideal for VR/AR/MR environments, compute-intensive applications and large format video editing.”

The OWC ThunderBlade and the rest of these products are available for pre-order now. Most will ship in early May. The Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 will begin shipping mid-May.

Source: OWC