OWC miniStack STX review

OWC’s miniStack has been a Mac Mini companion device for a long time. The STX is the newest version, featuring storage and Thunderbolt expansion. OWC says it’s the world’s first Thunderbolt certified Thunderbolt 4 storage solution.… Read More OWC miniStack STX review

OWC Helios 3S with Shuttle U.2 system not mounting on Monterey without a restart? Check your connection

Frustration. That’s the term I was looking for the other day when the Helios 3S I reviewed last year would only mount its U.2 ShuttleOne or U.2 Shuttle when I restarted the Mac. I blamed Apple and its wretched Monterey system that makes my system feel like a massive block of molasses. I should have looked further and deeper, trying different things.… Read More OWC Helios 3S with Shuttle U.2 system not mounting on Monterey without a restart? Check your connection

OWC released its Accelsior 8M2, a speed demon PCIe SSD with capacities of up to 64TB

The OWC Accelsior 8M2 is a backwards compatible PCIe 4.0 expansion card for Windows PCs, Mac Pros (2019 model)m Linux workstations and PCIe expansion systems. It uses the total bandwidth of the latest PCIe technology and has a highly efficient heat dissipating design to provide ultra-reliable speeds up to 26,000MB/s.… Read More OWC released its Accelsior 8M2, a speed demon PCIe SSD with capacities of up to 64TB

OWC U2 ShuttleOne review

OWC’s Mercury Helios 3S, the expansion solution that adds an external PCIe slot to your Thunderbolt 3 equipped computer, can be fitted out with a U.2 NVMe Interchange System, and that system can house several removable trays, one of which is the U2 ShuttleOne for exactly one NVMe SSD. You can use the U2 ShuttleOne to quickly offload footage from a U.2 capable video capture setup like the BlackMagic URSA Mini Pro 12K camera with URSA Mini Recorder, in server racks, game computers, etc, etc.… Read More OWC U2 ShuttleOne review

Review of the Crucial X8 portable SSD

External SSDs are becoming increasingly popular, faster and bigger. Crucial sent me their 2TB X8, a 110mm model. It’s not their newest, that would be the X6 which is even smaller at 70mm and available in sizes up to 4TB, but it’s the fastest with a performance that reaches 1050MB/sec. Both X models are drop proof to 2.30m on a carpeted floor, made from aluminium and formatted with ExFAT for use in any device, including Macs, iPad Pros from 2018 onwards, Windows, Xbox One, PS4 and Android devices.… Read More Review of the Crucial X8 portable SSD

Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

The Mercury Helios 3S is an aluminium dual-port 85W charging Thunderbolt 3 expansion box with a dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port for an 8K display. The Mercury Helios 3S accepts one PCIe (x16) slot for half-length, full-height, single or double-width cards. You can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. OWC added the capability to install a U.2 Shuttle in the Helios 3S. My test unit came preconfigured with OWC Aura P12 Pro SSDs.… Read More Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

Why filmmakers should consider OWC’s new Mercury Pro 6G SSD

OWC’s flagship SATA-based SSD, the Mercury Pro 6G range, has been updated to new technology inside and a new stylish black enclosure. Although SATA has a hard-wired theoretical speed limit that hovers around 700MB/sec, OWC has succeeded to make the Mercury Pro 6G even more appealing than it used to be by optimising the throughput itself.… Read More Why filmmakers should consider OWC’s new Mercury Pro 6G SSD

Plugable USB 3.1 Gen.2 NVMe SSD enclosure & Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

NVMe SSDs are meant to be built-in into a computer as a high-speed hard disk replacement or in an external device that usually sells as a black box, i.e. you can’t open it, add or remove SSDs from it. That definition is quickly becoming obsolete, though, as a growing number of vendors such as Plugable and OWC are offering enclosures that allow you to quickly switch between different NVMe SSDs.… Read More Plugable USB 3.1 Gen.2 NVMe SSD enclosure & Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD