Samsung launches superfast portable SSD X5. Can transfer 20GB video file in just 12 seconds

Published 09 October 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: hardware, samsung, samsung ssd

Samsung has launched its first NVMe-based portable solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung Portable SSD X5, based on Thunderbolt 3, which is up to four times faster than USB 3.1.

The drive is available in three capacities 500GB (£360 inc VAT), 1TB (£630 inc VAT) and 2TB (£1,250 inc VAT).

On paper, the SSD X5 stands out for its ability to read / write large files very quickly. It offers a read speed of up to 2,800 MB/s, which is up to 5.2 times faster than the widely used SATA interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external HDDs.

The drive also boasts a maximum write speed of 2,300 MB/s. According to Samsung, this enables users to transfer a 20GB-sized 4K UHD video in just 12 seconds.

The portable drive is designed for Macs and PCs which have Thunderbolt 3 ports. This includes most new generation mobile workstations and some new generation desktop workstations. Thunderbolt 3 PCIe add-in cards are also available for older generation desktop workstations.

The X5 features a full-metal body with a glossy finish and non-slip bottom mat. Samsung says the shock-resistant internal frame and rugged metal housing can withstand accidental drops of up to two meters. The X5 also offers data protection with ‘Samsung Portable SSD Software’, based on the AES 256-bit hardware data encryption, including optional password protection.

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