Gigadrive’s portable external solid-state drive could be a revolutionary game changer for gamers. While traditional external SSDs promise to easily and inexpensively increase your storage capacity, the downside is that these drives are often hampered by speed bottlenecks, making them slower than internal drives. However, by using the connection speeds of Thunderbolt 4 and USB4, Gigadrive wants to eliminate any speed bottleneck and accelerate writing to and reading from external drives.
Gigadrive’s external SSD offers read and write speeds of up to 2,800 Mbps, almost as fast as some of the fastest internal PCIe Gen 3.0 NVMe M.2 SSDs. At these speeds, your gaming rig can easily and quickly access game files and assets stored on the external drive without noticeable slowdowns. For comparison: PCIe Gen 3.0 drives can reach speeds of up to 3,500 Mbit / s, while newer PCIe Gen 4.0-based drives can reach speeds of up to 7,000 Mbit / s.
“The engineering team behind Gigadrive made it possible to increase the best read and write speeds on the market to 2,800 Mbit / s – a milestone no other external SSD can achieve, ”the company said of its external drive, the Now consumers are being offered a crowdfunding campaign. Based on those promises, Gigadrive’s SSD exceeded its funding goal in less than an hour after Indiegogo launched. To date, the company has raised more than $ 1.2 million, seven days before its campaign ended.
According to Gigadrive, the drive can be used with any Mac or PC with Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 ports, tablets, smartphones and even game consoles. With the support of Thunderbolt 4, GigaDrive will be a great companion for owners of the new iPad Pro with M1 drive. The company stated that the external SSD can be used with any device with a USB-A or USB-C port.
The external Gigadrive SSD is supplied with its own housing with storage capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB and 8 TB. The design comes with built-in heat sinks in a durable and rugged design, explained Gigadrive on Indiegogo.
“Two thermal pads, an optimized surface and integrated heat sinks give GigaDrive advanced thermal control, ”the company said of the drive’s design. The housing should have protection class IP67 for dust, water and shocks. The housing is made of aluminum to help dissipate heat.
As part of the first crowdfunding campaign, the company is offering discounts of up to 50%. The 1TB drive, which is expected to retail for $ 299, is now $ 153 on Indiegogo. Worldwide shipping is possible. The 8TB drive costs $ 729 during the crowdfunding campaign, but retail prices are expected to rise to $ 1,399.