USB-C Multiport SSD Storage Hub For Mac Backups And More

A new category of Apple peripheral is appearing in new multi-port USB-C mini docks and hubs that also incorporate solid state storage. In addition to providing additional video or data ports, some USB-C SSD hubs like the 120, 240 or 480GB Minix NEO also contain an M.2 flash memory module inside. That may make having to own a separate data or Time Machine backup drive with your MacBook unnecessary. It also incorporates 2 Type-A USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB-C with Power Delivery and a HDMI port for charging, other peripherals, and an external display.

Multi-Port USB-C SSD Dock For MacBook

Uo To 400MBps Read/Write Speeds

With the Mini Neo, a SATA III based M.2 SSD module is used for reasonably speedy transfers, but expect other products incorporating PCIe NVMe flash modules to deliver even higher data transfer speeds approaching 1000MBps to reach the market soon.

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Any Cheap Mac SSD Thunderbolt 3 Drive Enclosures?

Apple users looking for a cheap Thunderbolt 3 SSD drive enclosure will find it challenging. Unlike the USB 3.1 product scene where choices abound and costs are low, current external Thunderbolt 3 drive case options are limited and costlier.

Thunderbolt3 PCIe NVMe SSD Enclosure

Single M.2 PCIe SSD Solid-State Drive Case

There's a handful of widely available NVMe PCIe SSD Thunderbolt 3 enclosures available. With portable 40Gbps Thunderbolt enclosure prices hovering in the $110-$130 range, a DIY Thunderbolt 3 enclosure w/SSD costs more than complete off-the-shelf half-terabyte external TB3 backup drives like the 512GB Patriot Evlvr or the 512GB VisionTek do!

By the time you add a DIY M.2 PCIe SSD module - even one of the cheapest NVMe SSD's out there -- to an enclosure, your total cost inches closer to the $200 range. Just doesn't make much economic sense to cobble your own solid-state Mac backup drive until Thunderbolt 3 enclosure prices drop further.

USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Compatible Flash Drive Enclosure

Looking a lot like a conventional flash drive, Orico's USB-C SSD enclosure features an integrated, retractable Type-C connector for plugging into a modern Macintosh computer's Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port.

Thunderbolt3 Compatible Flash Drive Case

Gen 2 USB 3 : For NVMe SSD Modules

The Thunderbolt 3 port friendly USB3.1 Gen2 10Gbps external case for Mac accepts 2230 2242 2260 2280 millimeter length NVMe PCIe SSD of your choosing. It supports capacities up to 2TB solid-state flash memory modules.

We still haven't seen a true Thunderbolt 3 flash memory drive enclosure like this one with a native TB3 chipset. In the meantime, USB-C will be fast enough. Using USB-C protocol on an Apple Mac, this drive is capable of Read/Writes up into the 1000MBps range, fully maxing out the 10Gbps bandwidth of its USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection.

Mac SSD Drive Supports USB-C *AND* Thunderbolt 3

LaCie is one of the first companies to release an Apple compatible external SSD drive that supports both USB 3.X and Thunderbolt 3 protocols for wide compatibility with any recent Mac (or PC) with Type-C data ports. Many top performing SSD backup drives 'speak' Thunderbolt 3 ONLY, OR USB ONLY. However, LaCie's SSD Pro can be connected to either kind of Type-C port and be optimally recognized thanks to it's use of Intel's Titan Ridge 7x40 chipset.

Dual Support SSD USB-C OR Thunderbolt 3

Ultra-Fast NVMe Solid-State Flash Memory

Based on NVMe solid-state flash memory modules, the drive is capable of speeds up to 2800MBps connected via Thunderbolt 3, or up to 950MBps on a Gen 2 USB 3.1 USB-C port leveraging the full potential of either type of connection. For modern Mac users, the drive's single port will connect at Thunderbolt 3 speeds when directly connected to a newer MacBook, iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro. But it will also work at various USB speeds if connected to, say, a slower USB-C hub. With proper cable or adapter on older Macs, it can even connect to rectangular USB 2.0/3.0 Type-A ports and still work.

Unike 'combo' drives with multiple interfaces on the back, a SINGLE port on the SSD Pro detects the optimal protocol when plugged into a Type-C computer port. As such the SSD Pro from LaCie is the most versatile external SSD drive currently available thanks to it's advanced Titan Ridge Thunderbolt controller circuitry.

Low-Cost Thunderbolt 3 SSD Compatible With Macs

A cheap, Mac friendly external Thunderbolt 3 SSD drive is a reality thanks to the collapsing cost of SSD storage modules and broader adoption of the Type-C Thunderbolt3 interface on now millions upon millions of Apple computers.

One example of a new wave of very-affordable SSD Thunderbolt 3 drives for your Mac desktop or MacBook laptop is this VisionTek solid state drive with reasonably snappy performance at an insanely great price point.

512GB External Thunderbolt3 SSD

Integrated Type-C Thunderbolt3 Cable

Depending on whether you intend to use this drive for cross-platform use or not, you may want to reformat the external SSD for MacOS upon arrival. Note that many new Intel PC's running Windows 10 now include Thunderbolt 3 ports as well, so expect broad market compatibility to help drive the price of Thunderbolt3 peripherals down to commodity price points.