OWC Debuts 'Fastest USB-C SSD Ever' With Up to 2TB of Storage

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    OWC, a well-known maker of storage solutions for Macs and PCs, today debuted what it says is "the fastest USB-C SSD ever."


    The new OWC Envoy Pro EX with USB-C is a bus-powered NVMe M.2 SSD with transfer speeds up to 980MB/s, one bay with up to 2TB of storage, and Thunderbolt 3 compatibility on both Macs and PCs. The external drive has a silver anodized aluminum housing with IP67-rated water and dust resistance.

    Regular pricing is as follows: Enclosure alone: $89.99
    250GB SSD: $129.99
    500GB SSD: $179.99
    1TB SSD: $249.99
    2TB SSD: $429.99The new OWC Envoy Pro EX with USB-C is available now at MacSales.com.

    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with OWC. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    Article Link: OWC Debuts 'Fastest USB-C SSD Ever' With Up to 2TB of Storage
  2. sydneysider88 macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2019
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Holy ****. Well I know what I’m replacing my T5s with...
  3. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
  4. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
  5. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
    I was thinking about getting a t5 to replace my current external.......but this is way cheaper than I expected.

    Edit: never mind I forgot reading comprehension. Still just usb 3.1 gen 2, thunderbolt is just for a spec sheet.
  6. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Most likely because it's TLC instead of MLC, SLC is even much more expensive.

    I for one would not touch TLC.
  7. Dixie Normous macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2019
  8. madge28 macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I think he just meant it’s not $94.99 as the article says
  9. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Nitpick: That's not what they claimed.

    Nitpick: The X5 is Thunderbolt 3 only.

  10. NickName99, Jun 25, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019

    NickName99 macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2018
    There are a bunch of competing NVMe enclosures available for a fraction of the cost of this one. Here’s one for $29:


    OWC makes great products though, I’m sure their $90 one is very well built and backed by a reliable warranty. I’ve got one of their old Mercury Elite Pro 3.5” enclosures on my desk.
  11. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    This OWC product doesn't really state what USB version it supports. The USB-C version (denotes the connector only) supports Thunderbolt 3. Does TB3 contain some version of USB 3.1 on top of TB3 speeds?

    I would think for a TB3 product and a NVMe SSD, they would be able to push more than 980MB/s out a TB3 port.
  12. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    1) it literally does state that on the linked website, in the specs. USB 3.1 gen 2.

    2) it isn't actually a Thunderbolt 3 product. I'm not sure what "Thunderbolt 3" compatibility really means beyond being able to plug it in without enjoying the full speeds. it's like a USB mouse advertising USB 3.0 compatibility.
  13. NickName99 macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2018
    These NVMe enclosures are always capped at these speeds when they’re USB 3.1 gen 2. This one is clearly not TB3.
  14. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Press release indicated $94.99.

    I indicated "regular" pricing in my article. It looks like they're having a launch sale.

    Nevertheless, the enclosure alone looks to be regular $89.99, on sale for $89.00, so their press release was wrong.

    I've updated it. Thanks!
  15. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    I went to the macsales.com website and clicked on the front page link for this product and it takes me to a page for the product that literally does NOT show what USB speeds the TB3 version supports.

    The page DOES SAY there are two versions of the product...a TB3 version and a USB version.

    This product clearly is NOT a Thunderbolt 3 device.
  16. nicho, Jun 25, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019

    nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    Do you get upset that Apple doesn't list cellular bands for wifi + cellular ipads on this page - https://www.apple.com/ipad/ - too? It's not rocket science to find.

    It does say there are two versions. It does not say there is a TB3 version and a USB version. Look again at the page you linked. [edit: depending on your point of view it either says there are two USB versions - the ones on this page, side by side - or three versions total, a TB3 version and two USB ones]

    Well yeah, i already said that in the post you replied to. Odd choice of capitals.
  17. jdclifford macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2011
    I believe the drive ships in the included enclosure doesn't it? It's an external drive, not an internal one being converted.
  18. onespeedvelo, Jun 25, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019

    onespeedvelo macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2015
    It does not make sense. Why claim to be the fastest USB 3.1 drive? USB 3.1 is good for compatibility but it is a bottleneck since many NVMe SSD's are faster.
    I am still looking for a Thunderbolt enclosure, not a USB-C enclosure..
    Now looking at the page instead for their
    2.0TB OWC Envoy Pro EX with Thunderbolt 3 - Rugged High-Performance Ultra-Compact External SSD
    which has the same price for more than twice the speed! That is rather what I need!

    However that post is already one year old!



    • Up to 2500MB/s
    Interface (chipset)
    • Thunderbolt 3 (Intel DSL 6340)
    Drive Interface
    • M.2 NVMe (PCIe 3.0)
    Max Data Transfer Rate
    • Thunderbolt 3: 40 Gb/s(or 5000 MB/s)
    --- Post Merged, Jun 25, 2019 ---
    I think they sell the enclosure alone so you can add your own NVMe M2 drive..
  19. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2014
    Why would anyone buy a NVMe enclosure that only supports usb 3.1 transfer speeds?
  20. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    So what is the most reliable external SSD on the market now, please? Is it the Samsung ones, OWC or another one?
    I'm thinking to get 1-2TB of SSD storage and was wondering which one to get. I'm looking for one that will not malfunction on me. Anyone has an insight, please?
  21. NickName99 macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2018
    Because they’re like 30 bucks on Amazon, and are still twice as fast as SATA SSD drives.
  22. TommyBoy5 macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    I have a T5 and love it. I think it was $83 for 512Gb. Very fast, tiny, reliable.

    You can build a similar drive as this new OWC pretty cost-effectively. I've had OWC external SSDs in the past and they always worked and I never had a problem with them.

    I wonder how much speed is really required? I can't imagine needing more than this Samsung T5. I guess if you were moving around 40G video files all day between your laptop and the external SSD you could save quite a bit of time. Not my use case, however.
  23. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    RAID 0 inside? Sequential write speed? Random IOPS read and write speed?
  24. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Maybe they're continually changing the web page, but it looks like there are actually 4 versions all apparently called "Envoy Pro EX":

    On the linked page there's a 980MB/s USB-C version (more accurately, a USB-C connector running USB 3.1 gen 2 protocol) alongside a 400MB/s "USB 3" version (more accurately, a USB 3 micro-B connector running USB 3.1 gen 1 which is effectively the same as USB 3.0).

    There's also a link saying"Need more speed? Get up to 2800MB/s with Thunderbolt 3!" (i.e. ~28Gbits/s) leading to a page describing two variants (regular and 'video edition') of a full Thunderbolt-3 version.

    Obligatory XKCD:
    (Or see TVTropes... for a fuller explanation at the risk of wasting rest of your day)

    I.e. It's one of those 100% true statement and 100% misleading statements from the department of redundancy department. All Thunderbolt 3 ports are USB-C connectors that also support USB 3.1 host* mode so pretty much any USB device is 'Thunderbolt 3 (port)" compatible - although most wouldn't quite have the brass neck to apply that to a product that only came with a USB A connector.

    * the other way around - connecting a true TB3 peripheral to USB - is more complicated: any dual-protocol USB/TB3 peripheral used to need separate TB3 and USB 3.1 'input' ports, even if they were both USB-C connectors. The latest TB3 controller chips - released - early this year ISTR - potentially allow peripherals with TB3 ports to 'fall back' to USB 3.1 - but only if their innards can cope with both USB 3.1 and PCIe (from TB) protocols. The true TB3 version of this particular drive doesn't support USB 3.

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