SSD ThunderBolt 3 Drives For Mac40Gbps Thunderbolt3 technology and NVMe flash-memory based SSD external drives are a perfect match for the never before seen blistering data transfer rates of Intel and Apple's ThunderBolt3 ports.
Portable ThunderBolt 3 SSD Backup DrivesWe're seeing the first fully native Thunderbolt 3 backup drives hit the market leveraging high-speed PCIe SSD blades. Note that most of these drives below are Thunderbolt 3 ONLY - and do not support 10Gbps USB 3.1 protocols over it's Type-C cable. Note also that often the cable is integrated into the enclosure and non-detachable. They may need to be used either directly connected to your Mac, or as the last device in a Thunderbolt 3 chain since they might lack a second data pass-through port.
ThunderBolt 3 SSD Drive OptionsSolid-State drive technology leveraging the latest PCIe NVMe modules coupled with Thunderbolt 3 chipsets are utterly redefining the performance of Mac external backup drive storage. With 1st and 2nd generation 10GBps/20Gbps ThunderBolt peak speeds on each of it's dual channels - and 20GBps speed potential on Apple ThunderBolt 2 enabled computers, flash memory storage was already the best technology currently available to even begin to exploit all the bandwidth that the ThunderBolt interface offers.
If you own a recent Mac with Type-C Thunderbolt3 ports, you have the option of using either a native ThunderBolt 3 or a USB 3.1 solid-state drive. Pairing ThunderBolt 3 ports with one of these portable SSD ThunderBolt backup solutions will let you experience the fastest file copies and OSX TimeMachine backups ever!
ThunderBolt 3 RAID SSD DriveBecause of the insane 40Gbps bandwidth available, you need equally fast storage technologies to fully exploit it's potential. PCIe NVMe SSD blades are needed. They perform way beyond the 6Gbps limit of the SATA III interface. When pairs of PCIe SSD modules are combined into a software or hardware striped RAID 0 array, they can really begin to saturate a Thunderbolt 3 bus while still leaving available bandwidth for 4K and 5K ultra-high definition video streams and other data.
To truly get the most benefit of an Apple ThunderBolt 3 SSD external drive - you ideally need to have a fast SSD in your MacBook or Macintosh desktop system to match an external ThunderBolt port drive's capabilities.
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