OWC Debuts 'Fastest USB-C SSD Ever' With Up to 2TB of Storage

OWC, a well-known maker of storage solutions for Macs and PCs, today debuted what it says is "the fastest USB-C SSD ever."


The new OWC Envoy Pro EX with USB-C is a bus-powered NVMe M.2 SSD with transfer speeds up to 980MB/s, one bay with up to 2TB of storage, and Thunderbolt 3 compatibility on both Macs and PCs. The external drive has a silver anodized aluminum housing with IP67-rated water and dust resistance.

Regular pricing is as follows:The new OWC Envoy Pro EX with USB-C is available now at MacSales.com.

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3 weeks ago

not to nitpick.. but enclosure alone price is $89. https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/ENVPROC2N00/

Pretty reasonable price actually...
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3 weeks ago
I much prefer their Thunderbolt 3 drive:
https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-envoy-pro-ex-thunderbolt-3

2800MB/s Read
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3 weeks ago

OWC, a well-known maker of storage solutions for Macs and PCs, today debuted ('https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-screaming-new-owc-envoy-pro-ex-with-usb-c-is-the-fastest-usb-c-ssd-ever-built-300872607.html') what it says is "the fastest USB-C SSD ever."


Nitpick: fastest external SSD ever is actually Samsung X5: https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/product/portable/x5/ with 2TB capacity and ~2,800 MB/s read/write speeds.


Nitpick: That's not what they claimed.

Nitpick: The X5 is Thunderbolt 3 only.

:)
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3 weeks ago
not to nitpick.. but enclosure alone price is $89. https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/ENVPROC2N00/
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3 weeks ago

1) it literally does state that on the linked website, in the specs. USB 3.1 gen 2.

2) it isn't actually a Thunderbolt 3 product. I'm not sure what "Thunderbolt 3" compatibility really means beyond being able to plug it in without enjoying the full speeds. it's like a USB mouse advertising USB 3.0 compatibility.


I went to the macsales.com website and clicked on the front page link for this product and it takes me to a page for the product ('https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/external-drives/OWC-Envoy-Pro?_ga=2.54898287.514061931.1561475670-576582459.1555510369&_gac=1.219665643.1560347661.Cj0KCQjwxYLoBRCxARIsAEf16-vFaER9pKWe8xDSC3dUzHhMqUv6RddjRfFyrF13Aysc98Uwo6Cm7eMaAuftEALw_wcB') that literally does NOT show what USB speeds the TB3 version supports.

The page DOES SAY there are two versions of the product...a TB3 version and a USB version.

This product clearly is NOT a Thunderbolt 3 device.
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3 weeks ago

The page DOES SAY there are two versions of the product...a TB3 version and a USB version.


It does say there are two versions. It does not say there is a TB3 version and a USB version. Look again at the page you linked. [edit: depending on your point of view it either says there are two USB versions - the ones on this page, side by side - or three versions total, a TB3 version and two USB ones]


Maybe they're continually changing the web page, but it looks like there are actually 4 versions all apparently called "Envoy Pro EX":

On the linked page there's a 980MB/s USB-C version (more accurately, a USB-C connector running USB 3.1 gen 2 protocol) alongside a 400MB/s "USB 3" version (more accurately, a USB 3 micro-B connector running USB 3.1 gen 1 which is effectively the same as USB 3.0).

There's also a link saying"Need more speed? Get up to 2800MB/s with Thunderbolt 3!" (i.e. ~28Gbits/s) leading to a page describing two variants (regular and 'video edition') of a full Thunderbolt-3 version.

I'm not sure what "Thunderbolt 3" compatibility really means beyond being able to plug it in without enjoying the full speeds



Obligatory XKCD: ('https://xkcd.com/641/')

(Or see TVTropes... ('https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AsbestosFreeCereal') for a fuller explanation at the risk of wasting rest of your day)

I.e. It's one of those 100% true statement and 100% misleading statements from the department of redundancy department. All Thunderbolt 3 ports are USB-C connectors that also support USB 3.1 host* mode so pretty much any USB device is 'Thunderbolt 3 (port)" compatible - although most wouldn't quite have the brass neck to apply that to a product that only came with a USB A connector.

* the other way around - connecting a true TB3 peripheral to USB - is more complicated: any dual-protocol USB/TB3 peripheral used to need separate TB3 and USB 3.1 'input' ports, even if they were both USB-C connectors. The latest TB3 controller chips - released - early this year ISTR - potentially allow peripherals with TB3 ports to 'fall back' to USB 3.1 - but only if their innards can cope with both USB 3.1 and PCIe (from TB) protocols. The true TB3 version of this particular drive doesn't support USB 3.
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3 weeks ago

not to nitpick.. but enclosure alone price is $89. https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/ENVPROC2N00/

Press release indicated $94.99.

I indicated "regular" pricing in my article. It looks like they're having a launch sale.

Nevertheless, the enclosure alone looks to be regular $89.99, on sale for $89.00, so their press release was wrong.

I've updated it. Thanks!
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3 weeks ago
Holy ****. Well I know what I’m replacing my T5s with...
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3 weeks ago

This OWC product doesn't really state what USB version it supports. The USB-C version (denotes the connector only) supports Thunderbolt 3. Does TB3 contain some version of USB 3.1 on top of TB3 speeds?

I would think for a TB3 product and a NVMe SSD, they would be able to push more than 980MB/s out a TB3 port.


These NVMe enclosures are always capped at these speeds when they’re USB 3.1 gen 2. This one is clearly not TB3.
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3 weeks ago

I much prefer their Thunderbolt 3 drive:
https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-envoy-pro-ex-thunderbolt-3

2800MB/s Read


Interesting that they don’t offer that in enclosure-only option. It seems like they’re charging about $150 for it, since it’s $300 for the 1TB, and $150 is the going rate for 1TB of high quality NVMe SSD (Samsung 860 EVO for example).

I’d be much more interested in a TB3 enclosure for $150 than a USB 3.1 enclosure for $90.

I’ve recently been pricing out all this stuff, I ended up buying a 2TB external hard drive for $55. It’s a 2.5” hard disk drive, only about 120MB/s, but so cheap! I just wanted a second backup drive before deleting some things off my MacBook Pro SSD. It looks like they marked it back up to $69 now, but the 4TB is only $79:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07MXZ1XRZ
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