Western Digital Announces 3 Pro-Grade SSD Drives From Portable to Desktop
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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G-DRIVE Pro SSD
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.
G-SPEED Shuttle SSD
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: