OWC has announced its new Express 1M2 USB4 drive, which is claimed to be their fastest single-blade NVMe drive to date with real-world speeds up to 3,151 MB/s.
Express 1M2 Key features
- OWC’s First USB4 Drive: Built intentionally for USB4 and Thunderbolt interfaces to unlock new performance heights.
- Breakthrough NVMe Speeds Up to 3,151MB/s: Far surpasses traditional SSD interfaces, perfect for 8K video and high-res photo editing.
- DIY Up to 8TB or Add Your Own SSD: Order pre-populated (OWC Aura Ultra IV ) or purchase the 0TB enclosure and install any compatible NVMe M.2 SSD.
With claimed speeds of up to 3,151MB/s the Express 1M2 far surpasses traditional SSD interfaces.
Please note that the 3,151MB/s performance was based on testing an 8.0TB OWC Aura Ultra IV equipped Express 1M2 connected to a 14-inch 2023 MacBook Pro (Mac14,5) with 32GB RAM and Apple M2 Max running AJA System Test (4K-Full resolution, 64GB file size, 16bit RGBA codec, single file test).
USB4 brings significant improvements in both speed and connectivity, enabling users to connect to past, present, and future devices. It offers universal connectivity with support for USB4, USB 3.2, USB 2, and Thunderbolt 3 & 4 devices. The Express 1M2 provides users with the capability to harness everything USB4 has to offer within a compact, drive-swappable enclosure.
The Express 1M2 features a solid aluminum heat sink design that allows it to properly dissipate heat to ensure throttle-free consistent maximum performance. The Express 1M2 can work cross-platform with Macs and PCs using OWC’s MacDrive software.
Pricing & Availability
Express 1M2 is available empty without an SSD or in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB capacities. Here is what they cost:
- Express 1M2 0GB DIY Enclosure Kit for USB4 Macs & PCs (USB3 backwards compatible) $119.99 USD
- 1.0TB Express 1M2 USB4 – over 3000MB/s on USB4 equipped Macs & PCs $219.99 USD
- 2.0TB Express 1M2 USB4 – over 3000MB/s on USB4 equipped Macs & PCs $299.99 USD
- 4.0TB Express 1M2 USB4 – over 3000MB/s on USB4 equipped Macs & PCs $529.99 USD
- 8.0TB Express 1M2 USB4 – over 3000MB/s on USB4 equipped Macs & PCs $1,299.99 USD