Cheapest External Thunderbolt 3 SSD - So Far

Cheap Mac SSD Thunderbolt Drive
Shopping for the cheapest solid-state Thunderbolt 3 external SSD backup drive for Mac or PC use? Patriot recently threw down the low-price gauntlet with it's EVLVR line of Mac compatible external 512GB and 1TB Thunderbolt 3 SSD storage devices. Price competition is heating up as more computer storage companies enter the emerging market for Thunderbolt 3 peripherals. As flash memory prices continue their downward slide, it's making SSD storage in general downright cheap.

Patriot EVLVR SSD With Thunderbolt 3

PCIe Gen3x2 Solid-State Module


Offering Read speeds up to 1600Mbps and 1000Mbps Writes, the EVLVR from Patriot Memory isn't quite as fast as some competitor's PCIe SSD blade products that cost significantly more. So there's the tradeoff: A cheap Thunderbolt 3 SSD that's more than 'fast enough', or far more expensive ones that deliver proportionately higher speeds at higher prices.

Licensing Intel's Thunderbolt 3 chipset inflates the cost of computer peripherals significantly more than a dirt-cheap USB 3.0 / 3.1 chipset does. But Thunderbolt 3 is taking hold far beyond the Mac into the Windows PC world with unprecedented adoption and deployment. The economies of scale with make cheap Thunderbolt 3 storage and devices a reality sooner than you think.

Thunderbolt3 NVMe PCIe SSD Blade Enclosures For Mac

Wondering who's actually shipping Thunderbolt 3 PCIe NVMe SSD enclosures for Macs with 3rd generation Thunderbolt ports? The first 40Gbps Apple compatible Thunderbolt 3 SSD blade enclosures using the M.2 form-factor are finally hitting the market. They let you fully leverage the full high data transfer speed potential of NVMe solid-state drive modules on a TB3 interface. Their potential bandwidth can easily exceed the bottleneck of what a 10Gbps Gen2 USB 3.1 port is limited to.

Thunderbolt 3 SSD Enclosure

For NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Modues


Thunderbolt3 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure
Single M.2 PCIe SSD Solid-State Drive Case


This highly compact Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure for NVMe SSD's is small and lightweight. It measures around 4.0” x 1.5” x 0.5” (102mm x 38mm x 11mm) and weighs around 2.5 ounces. One of the world’s fastest portable SSD case to rapidly transfer all of your video, music, photography and other large files at lightning fast speeds up to 2800 MB/s. Your particular transfer rates will depend on the model of NVME M.2 SSD blade, your TB3 enabled computer and other factors.


Western-Digital NVMe PCIe SSD

Hi-Speed Flash Blade for Thunderbolt 3 Enclosures


The portable SSD enclosure with Thunderbolt 3 interface supports PCIe Rev. 3.0, has an LED activity indicator, and is completely Thunderbolt 3 bus powered, Passive cooling of the flash memory is assured by the all-metal housing with integrated cooling fins. System Requirements include Windows 7/8/10 as well as MacOS 10.13 and higher. Supports PCs or laptops with an available Thunderbolt 3 port. Most well-known brands of NVMe PCIe modules are supported. It includes the Thunderbolt 3 M-Key PCIe SSD enclosure, a 50cm Thunderbolt 3 Cable; 2x screwdrivers and a 1 Year warranty.


NetStor Thunderbolt3 NVMe PCIe SSD Drive Enclosure

Dual M.2 SSD Blade Slots: RAID 0 or 1 Configuration


It's still early in this space so there's not many TB3 blade enclosures to choose from at this point. The demand for Thunderbolt 3 SSD backup drives for Mac AND PC users is exploding as USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 devices adopt the unifying Type-C connection. Sadly, the cost of the Thunderbolt 3 chipset is making 40Gbps enclosures a far costlier proposition than admittedly slower but far more affordable USB-C USB 3.1 SSD blade enclosures for literally a fifth or tenth the price.

Fastest SSD-Like USB 3.X Flash Drives For Mac

Shopping for one of the fastest Mac compatible USB flash drives that rival solid-state SSD drives in Read / Write performance? Recent advances in NAND flash memory technology and significant price drops are delivering select USB 3.X thumb drives with impressive levels of performance.

That hasn't always been the case as typical flash drives haven't been particularly speedy. One of the performance leaders in the laptop and M.2 SSD storage space - SandDisk delivers a super-fast flash performance. It's Extreme Pro Flash Drive can deliver up to 420 MB/s read speeds on a USB 3.0/3.1 port.

Super-Fast SanDisk Extreme Pro

Read / Write Performance over 400MB Per Second


Other worthy contenders of note are Patriot's SuperSonic RAGE 2 flash drive claiming speeds up to 400 MB/s, or the PNY Pro Elite flash drive claiming similar performance. Note that LARGER flash drives (like SSD's) in the 256GB / 512GB capacity range deliver faster speeds than smaller capacity drives do. So if you can afford it - buy UP in size for the best transfer speeds possible.