Media professionals in need of a fast, reliable, and high-capacity external SSD have a new option in OWC’s ThunderBlade. This external drive, which has started shipping to customers, is offered in 1TB to 8TB capacities with up to 2,800MB/s read speeds and 2,450MB/s write speeds. According to OWC, these transfer speeds make ThunderBlade its fastest external drive yet.
Inside each ThunderBlade you’ll find four M.2 SSDs—up to 2TB per SSD—each of which has its own dedicated piece of the front-facing LED. According to the drive’s user guide, “when one or more of the SSDs are accessed for read/write operations, the corresponding segments will blink blue.” Of course, that doesn’t mean you ‘max out’ at 8TB.
Every drive features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow you to daisy chain up to six ThunderBlades together and configure them in Software RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 1+0. And 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 photographers, video editors and other professionals 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 10°C to 65°C (50°F to 95°F), measures 3cm x 12.3cm x 7.5cm (1.2in x 4.9in x 7.5in), weighs 0.7kg (1.8lbs), and supports both Windows 10 and macOS 10.13 or greater.
The OWC ThunderBlade is available to purchase from several online retailers, at the following prices:
- 1TB: $1,200 USD
- 2TB: $1,800 USD
- 4TB: $2,800 USD
- 8TB: $5,000 USD
And since you can daisy chain up to six devices together, your total storage tops out at 48GB for $30,000—a good chunk cheaper → continue…
Way back in 2013, Blackmagic Design introduced the Pocket Cinema Camera, a compact camera with a Super 16 sensor that promised cinema recording quality in a body about the size of a Sony a6500. While it delivered high quality footage, many users acknowledged that it felt like a version 1 product, including frustrating issues like fussy behavior, short battery life, and inelegant ergonomics and controls.
At NAB in Las Vegas, Blackmagic finally announced the sequel many were waiting for, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Video shooters will be happy to know that it’s a significant upgrade at a very aggressive price point.
The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is built around a Micro Four Thirds sensor with dual native ISO and a native DCI 4K (4096×2160) resolution. Although we don’t have any technical information on the sensor, this sounds suspiciously similar to the one used in Panasonic’s GH5S. Blackmagic claims the sensor can capture 13 stops of dynamic range.
Blackmagic finally announced the sequel many were waiting for, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Video shooters will be happy to know that it’s a significant upgrade at a very aggressive price point.
The camera will be able to record DCI 4K at 60 fps and windowed HD (a native 1080 crop) at up to 120 fps in either 10-bit ProRes or 12-bit Raw formats. Various internal recording media are supported including standard SD cards, UHS-II cards, and CFast 2.0 cards.
What’s potentially more interesting, however, is the option to record externally using the camera’s USB-C port. Blackmagic claims it’s the first camera that will let users connect media, like an SSD, directly to the camera’s USB-C port for direct external recording. This means it should be possible to go directly from shooting to working on your computer without transferring data from → continue…
Western Digital has unveiled a new line of solid state drives in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. Called the Black 3D NVMe, this new model is designed for gaming but is ideal for video production as well, due to its key selling point: the ability to rapidly and seamlessly handle 4K/UHD graphics.
The 500GB and 1TB 3D Black NVMe drives have a sequential read speed up to 3,400MB/s, while the 1TB drive exclusively has a read speed up to 2,800MB/s. Additionally, the new SSD is capable of up to 500,000 random-read IOPs for what Western Digital calls “extreme throughput.” That, the company explains, makes its new NVMe drives particularly ideal for multitasking environments that are data-intensive, as well as multi-threaded applications.
“With our new architecture and controller, the Western Digital Black SSD integrates our 3D NAND technology with the NVMe interface to enable new levels of performance,” says Mark Grace, senior vice president of WD’s Devices Business Unit. “Whether it’s a new gaming rig or a video-editing workstation, our innovative NVMe drives will power many existing and future environments that enable data to thrive.”
The drives will be available in the US by the end of the month for $120, $230, and $450 for the 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB chips, respectively.
Western Digital Ups the Game with Powerful New Gaming SSD with NVMe Performance
PC gaming is increasingly immersive, with richer and more intense visual content than ever before, and gamers are faced with making technology choices to maximize their experience. To push leading-edge performance, lower power consumption and extended durability for PC gaming systems, Western Digital Corporation(NASDAQ: WDC) today introduced a high-performance Western Digital® Black 3D NVMe™ SSD featuring the company’s own SSD architecture and controller. → continue…