Wednesday, 05 September 2018 21:42

VIDEO: Samsung's SSD X5 with Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe for super-fast data transfer


If you have a Thunderbolt 3 port on your PC or Mac, Samsung's NVMe-based SSD X5 delivers extreme levels of performance and reliability for external storage solutions.

Encased in a compact and durable casing, which is perfect for content creators and IT professionals on the go, or anywhere, Samsung's new SSD X5 is the drive you need when you feel the need for speed.

Coming to Australia this month at Australian retail prices of $629 for the 500GB model, $1099 for the 1TB model and $2199 for the 2TB model, these drives are arguably the ultimate storage devices currently available for home and business use.

Claudio Cardile, director, B2B Sales, Samsung Electronics Australia, said: “Samsung has developed the new Portable SSD X5 for people who demand the ultimate performance and portability and this includes people working in creative and digital fields who require fast, reliable technology that does not compromise on delivering the best possible outcomes.

“The Portable SSD X5 will help Australians edit high resolution videos, render 3D images, and engage in other data-heavy activities quickly and on the go.

“This product breaks new ground for our premium SSD portfolio and will open our customers to incredible speed and storage, as well as read and write capacity.

“With sequential read speeds of up to 2800 MB/s, the Portable SSD X5 marks a new chapter in portable storage for Samsung. Capable of transferring a 20GB 4K video file in approximately 12 seconds, we believe Australians will be amazed by what X5 will empower people to do.”

Here's Samsung's SSD X5 video, the article continues thereafter, please read on!

Dr. Mike Mang, vice-president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics, said: "As a leader in high-performance and reliable storage solutions, we are thrilled to continue to advance the external SSD market with the introduction of our first Thunderbolt 3 portable SSD.

“The X5 is yet another testament to Samsung’s commitment to providing innovative portable storage solutions that enable faster transfer of large data files, saving users’ valuable time.”

Whether editing 4K videos, creating real-time 3D rendering images or compiling high-resolution photos, Samsung says "consumers want fast and convenient ways to store and transfer their data. Leveraging synergies between NVMe and Thunderbolt 3 technologies, Samsung’s X5 delivers maximised performance levels for professionals working with heavy multimedia files".

"Thanks to Thunderbolt 3’s 40Gbps bandwidth — up to four times faster than USB 3.1 — the X5 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 the fastest maximum write speed of 2,300 MB/s, enabling users to transfer a 20GB-sized 4K UHD video in just 12 seconds.

"Designed for Macs and PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the X5 allows users to enjoy the speed benefits in a lightweight and portable design, with capacity options up to 2TB.

"The X5 features a full-metal body with a glossy finish and non-slip bottom mat. A shock-resistant internal frame and rugged metal housing can withstand accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet).

"In addition, the Dynamic Thermal Guard technology and a heat sink — a mechanical internal solution — safeguard the X5 from overheating, ensuring reliability while maintaining optimal operating temperatures.

"The X5 also offers powerful data protection with 'Samsung Portable SSD Software', based on the AES 256-bit hardware data encryption, including optional password protection and easy configuration of security settings".

The X5 comes with a three-year limited warranty and will be available globally from 3 September, with US prices being US$399.99 for the 500GB model, US$699.99 for the 1TB model and US$1,399.99 for the 2TB model. The Australian prices are listed at the top of this article.

Samsung's global SSD site is here

As usual, there are some notes on performance, with Samsung noting that "performance may vary depending on host configuration. To reach maximum read speed of 2800 MB/s, the host device and connection cables must support Thunderbolt 3".

Key Specifications:

Samsung Portable SSD X5


Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps)

Dimensions (LxWxH)
119 x 62 x 19.7 mm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches)

150 grams (5.3 oz.)[9]


Macs and Windows PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports - Not backward compatible / Not compatible with PCs only with USB interface

MacOS Sierra (10.12) or higher
Windows 10 64 bit RS 2 or higher

Up to 2800 MB/s sequential read speeds
Up to 2300 MB/s sequential write speeds (500GB: up to 2,100 MB/s)

AES 256-bit hardware encryption

Samsung Portable SSD Software
Password protection (optional)

RoHS Compliance

Three-year limited warranty


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