The ThunderBlade V4 is designed to be rugged and dependable, but its major appeal will be its speed. It is truly blazing fast, with speeds up to 2800MB/sec read and 2450MB/sec write performance. When I first saw these specs, my first thought was that this must be the fastest external drive ever built, while my second thought was that this is the perfect drive for video producers and editors who are working with 4K/60fps and 8K footage, AR and VR content.
And indeed, it’s the market OWC is targeting with this new device that is built like a tank and actually looks like one as well. The ThunderBlade V4 is the perfect solution for digital ingest and other high-tech applications that need very high sustained throughput.
With SoftRAID, two V4s can reach speeds up to 3800MB/sec. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports so you can daisy-chain the device with five others perfectly and if you use it in such a RAID setup, it sucks in and delivers data at speeds that far outperform other 2-blade and 4-blade RAID drives.
There’s no fan in the ThunderBlade V4, so it runs silent. A LED that can be dimmed ensures your workflow will not be interrupted by background light either. Compact and tough enough to withstand rough treatment between locations, the ThunderBlade V4 comes with its own hard-shell carrying case for even greater protection.
The carrying case allows you to use it on the road, but you will need access to main power. You can’t power it from the Thunderbolt 3 ports, so the device won’t be usable in the great outdoors unless you’re willing and capable of carrying a full-size AC/DC capable battery pack with you.
The OWC ThunderBlade V4 will be available in capacities from 1TB up to 8TB, with MSRP from $1,199.99 to $4,999.99.