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Dell Portable Thunderbolt™ 3 SSD 500GB (2800/1100 MB/s read/write) ($286 w/coupon 35OFFBIZ)

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Dell has a Thunderbolt 3 portable 500GB SSD for $440 - $154 = $286 w/coupon code 35OFFBIZ. While most drives such as the Samsung EVO 960/970 get all the glory for their M.2 NVMe super speed, there unfortunately are few to zero portable enclosures for these devices. This SSD is plenty fast according to the spec sheet with up-to 2800MB/s read and 1100MB/s write speeds. It's rather one of a kind at the moment.

For comparison, the top speed portable drive on Amazon I can find, SanDisk Extreme Portable 480GB is limited to 850 MB/s read and 850MB/s write speeds (possibly a USB3.1 bottleneck) and costs $270.

*Clarification: This Dell SSD is a Thunderbolt 3 device, not a USB 3 device, these are a new class of device to the market, hence the Amazon comparison to a USB3 SSD.

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I wonder what drive is inside?
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Wish I knew. As this is a Dell product, I trust them to use reliable components, so it's definitely no EVO 960, but for what's going to function as an extra long gumstix flash drive, it's awesome. There's no press release that I can find with specs on this. Just generic Zoooom, it's FAaaaast.
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I wonder what drive is inside?
Whatever it is, it wouldn't be worth it
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Wish I knew. As this is a Dell product, I trust them to use reliable components, so it's definitely no EVO 960, but for what's going to function as an extra long gumstix flash drive, it's awesome. There's no press release that I can find with specs on this. Just generic Zoooom, it's FAaaaast.
Unless you are in a heist/break in job and need to get out in under 30 seconds, you don't need that speed Stick Out Tongue
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it was $99 purchased few years ago ...
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Unless you are in a heist/break in job and need to get out in under 30 seconds, you don't need that speed https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...ies/tongue.gif
I strongly disagree. If you're doing media work where you need to take your data with you, this type of device is compact and perfect for moving photos, videos, etc. as it runs almost as fast as the latest and greatest Samsung M.2 NVMe SSDs.
Personally, I want one, but I don't own any TB3 capable devices (not even an option to add a PCIe x4 add-in card). So I'll have to upgrade to a whole new computing device to make use of this.
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it was $99 purchased few years ago ...
What was $99 a few years ago?
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What was $99 a few years ago?
Dell portable USB 3.0 500gb SSD drive...
this one might be a newer version , but the same looking
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Dell portable USB 3.0 500gb SSD drive...
this one might be a newer version , but the same looking
This is Thunderbolt 3 and runs at 2.8GB/s read and 1.1GB/s write speeds. That's about 10x faster than SATA III drives which tend to run around 300MB/s read and 100MB/s write.
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You would need a 960/970, the newer sandisk/western digital nvme to take advantage of this speed. Otherwise you will be cap at your desktop/laptop internal drive. So no go for most people at this point.
Just wait until the faster nvme drives are cheaper and they release pcie to thunderbolt enclosure and stick your old 960/970 or whatever nvme you have laying around.
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You would need a 960/970, the newer sandisk/western digital nvme to take advantage of this speed. Otherwise you will be cap at your desktop/laptop internal drive. So no go for most people at this point.
Just wait until the faster nvme drives are cheaper and they release pcie to thunderbolt enclosure and stick your old 960/970 or whatever nvme you have laying around.
SDRebelWhatever it is, it wouldn't be worth it
​If you're doing video / photo editing, the data can live on this drive and be edited directly. There's no need to have to have a fast internal drive to take advantage of this.

People have been waiting for USB NVMe enclosures for a couple years now. They just don't exist. While this isn't the only Thunderbolt 3 SSD, with the coupon, it's the cheapest one available right now.
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the speed is always fake described, no way to be "2.8GB/s read and 1.1GB/s write"
You clearly are uninformed about Thunderbolt 3 and how it is extending 4 PCIe lanes from the host machine to the device. It is completely reasonable to expect performance as listed. Considering a GTX 1080 Ti can be used in an eGPU Thunderbolt 3 dock with only a ~10% performance hit, TB3 offers serious bandwidth that no other external connections can deliver currently.
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