The use of external SSDs has been widely adopted by many filmmakers as a preferred portable storage solution offering high-speed capabilities while maintaining a compact and lightweight form factor for those looking to edit on the go.
Among the many companies who manufacture SSDs, Sonnet Technologies has introduced a new Fusion Thunderbolt-3 based PCIe Flash Drive that now comes with a 1TB capacity. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, the drive is equipped with a 1TB PCIe-Based M.2 SSD that interfaces with the computer using the high-speed Thunderbolt-3 connection, all while having a rugged aluminum body design with a small footprint.
Regarding performance, the drive delivers write speeds of 1600 MB/s and read speeds of whopping 2600 MB/s, maximizing the 40Gb/s bandwidth offered by the Thunderbolt-3 connector. The company claims that the drive is five times faster than SATA-based and USB 3-based SSDs that run at 6Gb/s, making the Sonnet’s Fusion Thunderbolt 3-based drive one of the fastest bus-powered devices to date. The rapid read and write speeds make it ideal for editing workflows that regularly handle large files (such video files shot at 4K or higher).
In addition to the blazing-fast transfer speeds, the Thunderbolt 3 connection draws power from the host system to power the M.2 SSD which means that it does not require any external power source such as an AC power adaptor. Meanwhile, the rugged enclosure and aluminum body build aids in the cooling of the components which eliminates the need for a bulky and noisy internal fan.
Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe 1TB Flash Drive Highlights
- 1TB Storage Capacity
- Thunderbolt 3 Host Connection
- Up to 2600 MB/s Data Transfer Speeds
- PCIe-Based M.2 SSD
- Bus Powered
- Rugged Protection
- Integrated Thunderbolt Cable
- Windows and Mac Compatible
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.8 x 4.1 x 1.3″ / 7.1 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
- Weight: 12.3 oz / 349 g
- Price: $989
- Availability: October 2017
The Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe 1TB Flash Drive is already available for pre-order costing $989 at B&H and is expected to ship in early October of this year.
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Sonnet 1TB Fusion Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Flash Drive