GOOD? Plugable 1TB TB3 SSD NVMe Drive

pjny

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Hi,

I would like to edit 4k video files on FCP from external T3 drive on my Macbook 2019 13" 2.8ghz laptop.

I used normal SSD and i had to lower quality for editing using Samsung 860 over usb 3.1

I wanted to get Samsung X5 or wait for T7. However, this is much cheaper than X5 and way faster than T7 at
about same price point.

I've never used Plugable so just want to see if this is a reliable drive.

Thanks.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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OP -
Just wondering, but are you creating proxy media (in FCP) for your 4k editing?
If not, I suggest you try it. It will make editing go much faster.
 
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thomast0001

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It’s the speed of the connection! USB 3.1 is only 10 bits/second you should and gotten a TB3 connected SSD for its 40bits/second for 4K cuts!
Just a quick note. You have to be careful with anything described as USB 3.1 that doesn’t also include a Gen 1 or Gen 2 designation, or the particular Mbps (5 or 10). At this point USB 3.1 by itself doesn’t exist, and some in my opinion shady marketing specifies USB 3.1 when they mean 5 Mbps. (They imply Gen 1 if not explicitly stated.)

I know that’s not what the original spec indicated, but the naming and speeds have been retconned into the newer specs, creating opportunity for deceptive practices.
 

dwig

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Just a quick note. You have to be careful with anything described as USB 3.1 that doesn’t also include a Gen 1 or Gen 2 designation, or the particular Mbps (5 or 10). At this point USB 3.1 by itself doesn’t exist, and some in my opinion shady marketing specifies USB 3.1 when they mean 5 Mbps. (They imply Gen 1 if not explicitly stated.)

I know that’s not what the original spec indicated, but the naming and speeds have been retconned into the newer specs, creating opportunity for deceptive practices.
+1

Also note that the cable used has, or can have, a major influence on performance. Any chain is only as strong as its weakest link and using a cable that only supports USB 3.1gen1 with gen2 devices will limit speeds to gen1 speeds at best.
 

plugable_official

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Feb 4, 2020
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Hi,

I would like to edit 4k video files on FCP from external T3 drive on my Macbook 2019 13" 2.8ghz laptop.

I used normal SSD and i had to lower quality for editing using Samsung 860 over usb 3.1

I wanted to get Samsung X5 or wait for T7. However, this is much cheaper than X5 and way faster than T7 at
about same price point.

I've never used Plugable so just want to see if this is a reliable drive.

Thanks.
Hi, my name is Josh, I'm a senior engineer at Plugable. We're based out of the greater Seattle, Washington area and we've been making computer accessories and consumer electronics for about 10 years. We're most well known for docking stations, but we've been doing storage related products for a while. Our Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSDs should be quite reliable, but you need to be aware of how all flash based SSDs do have a limited write capacity.

For our SSDs that would be:
2TB: 1900TBW
1TB: 700TBW
512GB: 800TBW
480GB: 800TBW

(TBW is Terabytes Written)

If you have any questions just let me know. Or email us via our website contact page.

It’s the speed of the connection! USB 3.1 is only 10 bits/second you should and gotten a TB3 connected SSD for its 40bits/second for 4K cuts!
Just a quick note. You have to be careful with anything described as USB 3.1 that doesn’t also include a Gen 1 or Gen 2 designation, or the particular Mbps (5 or 10). At this point USB 3.1 by itself doesn’t exist, and some in my opinion shady marketing specifies USB 3.1 when they mean 5 Mbps. (They imply Gen 1 if not explicitly stated.)

I know that’s not what the original spec indicated, but the naming and speeds have been retconned into the newer specs, creating opportunity for deceptive practices.
Be careful about speeds! You're both incorrect in how you've written your replies, saying "bits" and "Mbits".

USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0 essentially) is 5Gbps (gigabits per second)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 is 10Gbps
Thunderbolt 3 is 20 to 40Gbps depending on the cable used.

Please note these are maximum speeds these interfaces support. Actual connected devices will perform differently in the real world.

Thanks!
Josh - Plugable