OWC has introduced a whole range of external Thunderbolt 3 peripherals. The ThunderBlade V4 stands out with its read speed of up to 2,800 MB/second and write speed of up to 2,450 MB/second, making it currently the fastest external hard disk available on the market, as its write rate even exceeds that of the previous leader LaCie Bolt³.
The ThunderBlade V4 is housed in a robust aluminium housing and has passive (and thus silent) cooling via cooling fins to prevent overheating. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and can thus be connected in series with other devices (or other ThunderBlades) - with SoftRAID, two ThunderBlade V4s can achieve a speed of 3,800 MB/sec.
ThunderBlade V4 comes in versions from 1TB to 8TB, works with any PC or Mac equipped with Thunderbolt 3 and costs between 1,200 and ,000.
The other new Thunderbolt 3 products from OWC are the Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3, a small, portable SSD hard drive that draws its power from the Thunderbolt 3 with a read speed of 2,600 MB/s and a write speed of 1,600 MB/sec. The Envoy comes in two versions with 1 TB (for about 980 dollars) and 2 TB (around 1,700 dollars) storage capacity.
The ThunderBay 4 Thunderbolt 3 combines four hard disks with capacities of up to 48 TB. The PReis starts at around 750 dollars for 4 TB. The two new Thunderbolt 3 Dual Display Adapters allow the connection of up to two monitors via the Thunderbolt 3 output of the PC with up to 4K @ 60Hz (or a 5K) via DisplayPort (approx. 80 dollars) or via HDMI (approx. 100 dollars).
ThunderBay 4 Thunderbolt 3
The Thunderbolt 3 Dock (for Windows and Mac) is connected to the computer via Thunderbolt 3 and offers a total of 12 ports - twice Thunderbolt 3, five times USB 3.1, Gigabit Ethernet, S/PDIF, XCombo Audio, MiniDisplayPort and an SD card slot. It will be launched on the market in the first quarter of 2018 at a price of around 280 dolars.