Like the gravitational attraction of massive celestial bodies, Apple’s announcement of new Thunderbolt 3-based MacBooks will exercise a tremendous pull in the storage industry. In this case, pulling vendors quicker into Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.
LaCie is quick out of the gate with a pair of new Thunderbolt 3 storage devices and pricing info on the NAB-announced 12big. The company’s new Thunderbolt 3 lineup includes the Bolt3, 6big and 12big.
According to Lacie, the new Bolt3 is the “world’s fastest” desktop drive. The Bolt3 uses Thunderbolt 3 and a pair of M.2 PCIe SSDs with 2TB of storage to deliver up to 2800 MB/s transfer speeds. To put that in perspective, LaCie says the drive will enable you to transfer 1TB of 4K ProRes 4444 XQ footage from the LaCie Bolt3 to a RAID storage device in 5 minutes and 11 seconds.
The Bolt3 is machined from solid aluminum blocks and the stand docks the drive using magnets. It will retail for $1,999.
The 6big is a RAID enclosure that uses 7200RPM enterprise-class drives with a 256MB cache. It includes USB-C to USB-A cable and offers an aluminum enclosure to dissipate heat.
The LaCie 6big will come in 24TB, 36TB, 48TB and 60TB capacities starting at $3199.
The previously announced 12big will come in 48TB, 72TB, 96TB and 120TB capacities starting at $6399.
All the new drives will ship this quarter.