Rugged adventurous sorts who prefer to take their SSDs mountaineering, searching or cave diving have a brand new storage answer to attraction to their outdoorsy tastes, as Western Digital has introduced the newest launch from its Sandisk subsidiary: the Professional-G40 with Thunderbolt 3.
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With an IP68 ranking (dust-tight and in a position to be submerged in water) the Professional-G40 may face up to a outstanding 4,000lbs of crush weight (that’s equal to a white rhino, or a Ford Taurus) and might face up to a drop of three meters (9.8ft) onto a carpeted concrete ground. Whereas there’s little element within the announcement about what it’s made from, aside from being ‘pro-grade’ and ‘ultra-rugged’ with ‘premium energy’, we do realize it has an aluminum core that acts as a heat-sink to assist preserve excessive speeds.
The mixture of the SSD and Thunderbolt 3 (opens in new tab) (40Gb/s) / USB 3.2 Gen 2 (opens in new tab) (10Gb/s) Kind-C interface provides the drive a excessive switch fee of as much as 2700MB/s learn and 1900MB/s write, able to transferring 50GB in 30 seconds, which can please filmmakers in search of a speedy backup answer to make use of within the area. Even higher, that sort of pace permits real-time 4K/8K enhancing straight from the drive. There isn’t any point out of it within the announcement, nevertheless it’s nearly actually bus-powered too, on condition that there are not any different ports on the drive.
Western Digital has additionally recognized an issue with USB Kind-C cables all being equivalent on the skin, however not on the within, and has thoughtfully included a cable with the drive that helps each interfaces. “The brand new PRO-G40 SSD eliminates the issue we have now all skilled earlier than: grabbing the flawed USB-C cable or pc for our Thunderbolt 3 or USB units,” stated Hector Sandoval, vp of product advertising, pricing and packages at Western Digital. “By supporting each interfaces and together with a cable that does as nicely, this drive allows creatives to effectively collaborate throughout units with out having to fret about carrying the correct gear nor diminishing sustained efficiency as they proceed producing impactful content material.”
The Sandisk Skilled Professional-G40 is offered in 1TB and 2TB capacities, comes solely in black, and needs to be out there on the Western Digital retailer (opens in new tab) by the point you learn this. MSRP is round $480 (£415 within the UK), presumably for the 1TB model.