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Western Digital Announces 3 Pro-Grade SSD Drives From Portable to Desktop

By Kishore Sawh on April 9th 2018

When it comes to storage performance and innovation, it feels like of the two powerhouses, Seagate’s LaCie and WD’s G-Tech, LaCie has been pushing the perimeter and delivering more strongly in recent times, but the new offerings from G-Tech are looking to change that.

Announced today at NAB, G-Technology is making a major play in the arena of SSDs, releasing 3 SSD models within the G-Drive and G-Speed lines, and all with Thunderbolt 3 capability.

As Western Digital puts it, these drives are all high-end units meant to meet the high demands of a full fledged 4K and 8K RAW video, and looking at the specs (and prices), we’d say that sounds very much in line.

The models are the G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD, the G-DRIVE Pro SSD, and the G-SPEED Shuttle SSD.

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G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD

With storage running at 2800MB/s, the G-DRIVE mobile Pro SSD (Up to 1TB of capacity) lets you edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, quickly render projects and experience them at full resolution, and transfer as much as a terabyte of media in seven minutes or less (for capacities 1TB or larger) wherever you are. A durable, shock-resistant design uses specially engineered components to endure traveling, while a single Thunderbolt™ 3 port lets you instantly edit footage on the go with incredible speed without the need for wall power. An aluminum core prevents overheating and maintains a consistent high performance, and with a trusted 5-year limited warranty, you get durable, fast solutions.

All of this, however, comes at a price, and the G-DRIVE mobile Pro SSD with Thunderbolt 3 will arrive this summer in capacities of 500GB ($659.95) and 1TB ($1,049.95) USD.

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Equipped with scorching fast transfer rates of up to 2800MB/s, the G-DRIVE Pro SSD solution (up to 7.68TB of capacity) with Thunderbolt 3 technology enables a filmmaker to edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, quickly render projects and experience them at full resolution, and transfer as much as a terabyte of content in seven minutes or less (for capacities 1TB or larger). Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports are ready to daisy-chain up to five additional devices, while a stackable, rugged aluminum enclosure offers a durable way to help keep your workplace tidy. Combined with Enterprise-class solid state drives, an endurance rating of one drive write per day (DW/D) endurance rating, and a trusted 5-year limited warranty, the G-DRIVE Pro SSD delivers reliable, high-performance desktop storage you can rely on. The G-DRIVE Pro SSD solution with Thunderbolt 3 is available in the U.S. May of 2018 in capacities of 960GB1 ($1,399.95), 1.92TB ($2,099.95), 3.84TB ($4,099.95) and 7.68TB ($7,599.95) USD.


With up to 16TB of SSD capacity, the G-SPEED Shuttle SSD with Thunderbolt 3 is optimized to support multi-stream HD, 4K, 8K, VR and VFX workflows. Equipped with transfer rates up to 2800MB/s, hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50, and eight removable SSDs pre-loaded and configured in RAID 5, it is built for ultra-demanding production workflows. The G-SPEED Shuttle SSD is available in the U.S. this month in capacities of 8TB ($5,099.95) and 16TB ($7,599.95).

For a somewhat comparable offering from LaCie, check out the 6Big Thunderbolt 3. Review below:

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