In a nutshell: We know that storage speeds and capacities have increased significantly over the past few years, but Other World Computing, also known as OWC, claims to have created the world’s fastest PCIe SSD with maximum capacity.
V OWC Accelsior 8M2, which at first glance might be mistaken for a graphics card, takes full advantage of PCIe 4.0 bandwidth, delivering an overall speed of up to 26,000 MB / s. By comparison, most PCIe 4.0 SSDs like the Kingston KC3000, Seagate FireCuda 530, and Corsair MP600 Pro XT hit 7000MB / s or slightly more.
OWC says its drive speed can eliminate bottlenecks and can be very impressive, especially if you’re a video editor. This includes the ability to play 16 8K ProRes444 streams (or eight 12K streams) in Final Cut Pro X.
The company notes that each of the eight NVMe M.2 SSD slots in the Accelsior 8M2 can run on their full x4 lanes with PCIe data bandwidth. To keep it running at maximum speed for a long time, a silent cooling fan is built into the aircraft-grade aluminum heat shield.
Unsurprisingly, OWC products are very expensive. It starts at $ 799 for a blank 0TB expansion card ready for buyers to add their own drives. The 2TB model costs $ 1299, $ 1699 for 4TB, 8TB for $ 2479, $ 4299 for 16TB, and $ 7,999 for 32TB. Finally, that’s a whopping $ 12,999 for 64TB stored in eight slots. This is a lot of money, but it is not meant for ordinary consumers.
OWC Accelsior 8M2 is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux devices and has advanced RAID capabilities. It includes the software RAID utility SoftRAID XT, which OWC says includes features that users don’t get with hardware RAID. Customers also receive one year of cloud backup and virus protection through the company’s partnership with Acronis.
“We’re always trying to push technology to the limit, and with the OWC Accelsior 8M2, one final proposal can be summed up. It is the fastest PCIe SSD with maximum capacity in the galaxy, ”said Larry O’Connor, CEO of OWC. …