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Samsung’s new external hard drive shows us what the Thunderbolt 3 connection on our Macs is capable of

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Until now, the norm was to moderate our enthusiasm when we saw a hard drive with a USB-C connection. That connection did not involve enjoying Thunderbolt 3 speeds, but those of the USB 3.0 or 3.1 interface. We put it all together in a guide that we prepared for you about two years ago.

Samsung’s new external hard drive shows us what the Thunderbolt 3 connection on our Macs is capable ofSamsung’s new external hard drive shows us what the Thunderbolt 3 connection on our Macs is capable of

But now the chip has to be changed, because Samsung has introduced the first external SSD with NVMe specification . And hold on, because that means the disk takes full advantage of the Thunderbolt 3 connection. That translates into speeds five times faster than external SSDs with SATA interface.

Please note the following approximate figures for the Samsung Portable SSD X5: 2.8 GB (yes, Gigabytes) read speed and 2.3 GB write speed . Compared to the mechanical external drives that the general public is used to, we’re talking about speeds that are 25 times faster. As calculated by AppleInsider, a 20 GB file is copied in about 12 seconds. The performance is such that Samsung has had to come up with its own cooling system for the disk.

In addition, the disk offers software to be able to encrypt all data and save it under an additional password. Now, the bad news: the Portable SSD X5 will sell for 399.99, 699.99 or 1399.99 dollars depending on whether we want the 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB model. You will need MacOS 10.12 Sierra installed on your Mac to be able to use it, and logically a Thunderbolt 3 port to be able to enjoy those speeds. For video editors working on the move, it can be the ideal external storage.

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