Samsung today announced its X5 series external SSDs that use the NVMe protocol and Thunderbolt 3 to connect to the computer. The X5 series SSDs will become available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB.
The drive transfers data over Thunderbolt 3 which means it connects to laptops and desktops with a USB Type-C connector. It’s good to note that, despite the connector, the drive does not support the USB protocol.
With Thunderbolt 3, theoretical transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbit/s (5,000 MB/s) are possible. Other parts of the X5 series are now the bottleneck, as Samsung specifies maximum sequential reads and writes of 2,800 MB/s and 2,300 MB/s respectively.
Samsung has fitted its 64-layer TLC 3D-NAND with SLC cache in the 1.9 x 6.2 x 1.97 cm measuring case that weighs 150 grams. According to Samsung the X5 drives can survive a fall of up to 2 meters. Inside the drive there is also a heat sink that should make sure the device doesn’t become to hot during high-speed transfers.
The X5 series is relative pricey with MSRPs of $399, $699 and $1399 for 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, respectively. They should become available in September this year and come with a 3-year warranty.