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BEYOND INSANELY FAST : Mac Thunderbolt 3 Blade SSD Drives

Forget everything you knew about most Mac backup drives. The latest generation of ultra-fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD drives for Mac are here and delivering mind-blowing, insanely fast Read / Write data speeds. By combining a Thunderbolt 3 chipset and PCIe NVMe SSD blade modules, a new generation of high-speed storage is hitting the streets that new Macs like the current MacBook Pro laptops and iMac Pro desktops can really take advantage of.

'Cheap' SSD Thunderbolt 3 Mac Blade Drive

480GB Capacity - Integrated 7" Thunderbolt Cable


We have multiple Apple compatible storage vendors competing in the TBolt3 SSD space: Sonnet Tech with it's Fusion Drive, LaCie with it's Bolt 3, OWC with it's ThunderBlade at the high end price points. However, NekTeck, Plugable and CableMatters offering blisteringly fast blade drives at the more affordable end of the spectrum using an OEM design they all share.

Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 SSD Blade Drive

1Terabyte Capacity - Reads Up To 2600MBps


As with all solid-state storage, the Read speeds in the 2000+ MB/s tend to be more impressive than the Write speeds, but that's normal for SSD's in general. A lot depends on the files. Huge multi-gigabyte video files will transfer faster than a folder full of itty-bitty data files any day. But with the potential of unhampered 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 throughput paired with a NVMe PCIe SSD module, you'll experience the most painless transfers or TimeMachine backups ever. If your wallet or needs are more modest, consider a modern 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen2 external SSD drive with USB-C connector, it'll still be plenty fast, far cheaper than Thunderbolt-Anything, and still deliver snappy performance on a new Mac's Type-C ThunderBolt 3 port.