Everything is finally pushing hard for SSD thanks to both NVMe creating such an impact on the evolution of drive speeds and SATA options falling further in price, making them a great second place option for those not looking to spend as much.
SATA SSD has also been making its way into many external solutions both small and large, but now Samsung is delivering an option that teams NVMe with Thunderbolt 3 to deliver lightning-fast speeds on the go that quickly destroy that of SATA, making sure they will be a popular solution for professionals.
The new X-Series Portable NVMe SSDs will be able to deliver speeds up to 2,800 MB/s and will be available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB options. Prices range from $399 to $699 depending on the model, so regular consumers won’t be climbing over each other to get their hands on one just yet, but professionals will more than likely jump at this if the increased speeds and portability will benefit them in their work. These drives will be great for working with video, especially 4K or greater. Great for live events where you have a video engineer bouncing between records and trying to provide an end product as fast as possible (one of many examples at least).
They will be hitting shelves next week when they launch on September 3rd (2018) and will require you to have a system that supports Thunderbolt 3 (ie, a modern MacBook Pro) since USB 3.1 just won’t cut it sadly.
The price will eventually drop as they become more common, but for now you are going to have to help pay for all of that sweet R&D. Will you be one of the first to rush out and grab one? Share your thoughts below in the comments!