Samsung’s Incredibly Advanced T5 SSD Drive Handles RAW 4K Video & USB 3.1

by on August 15, 2017

Stephan Jukic – August 15, 2017

Samsung has now released a full-blown consumer product version of SSD storage hardware with a buzzword feature like “V-NAND” technology fully integrated into it.

This is the new T5 and is uses the cutting edge of hard drive storage data transfer and connectivity technology to deliver some truly impressive bitrates that would make any 4K video editing professional very happy indeed: Through a highly advanced new 64-layer V-NAND SSD storage architecture, the T5 allows for a very hefty 540MB/s transfer speed through its USB 3.1 2nd Gen ports. V-NAND, which stands for Vertical NAND is a new type of Samsung storage architecture which vertically stacks SSD memory cells in a way that allows for greater memory density and much faster data allocation than would be the case on memory cells placed on a single, 2D plane (2D NAND).

What all of this storage tech jargon translates into in practical terms in the T5 SSD drive is a transfer speed that beats or at least matches the very best you’re likely to find from any external device on the market today. More particularly for users and editors of 4K video, the T5 will let you edit and move even RAW 4K video with relative ease of manipulation. This is something definitely worth considering for editing and storage of 4K recordings right in the field or in an office setting.

Samsung is also giving its T5 SSD drives some very broad storage capacities for different budgets. The basic model offers 250GB and from there the sizes expand to 500GB, 1TB and a maximum of 2TB. All these versions of the T5 offer the same 540MB/s transfer speeds and USB 3.1 connectivity. Then of course, since this is the next generation in SSD storage technology, it’s also worth noting that the V-NAND T5 drive is not only much more robust than any conventional HDD drive, it’s also a fair bit more reliable than many older SSD storage formats on the market.

Samsung T5 500GB SSD

Also useful is the sheer compact size of the T5. All versions of Samsung’s new SSD drive are just 3.0 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches in their dimensions and all weigh just 1.8 ounces (51 grams). The T5 also delivers some excellent anti-intrusion security in the form of built-in 256-bit hardware encryption. Samsung has even given this new external drive its own smartphone app and the product also comes with a couple of cables as part of the retail package. These include a USB-C to C and USB-C to A cable for easy connectivity to a wide range of other devices.

One caveat about the T5 and its 540MB/s bitrate that’s really worth noting however is Samsung’s warning that the SSD drive can only reach these types of transfer speeds on a laptop or PC with a USB 3.1 gen 2 port that can manage up to 10Tbps. More conventional USB 3.0 notebooks and PCs will deliver considerably lower bitrates.

Finally we come down to price, and hope you weren’t expecting a highly advanced new drive like this to be cheap, because it definitely isn’t for now. The 1TB model retails right now on Amazon for $399, the 500GB for $199, the 250GB version for $130 and then there is the 2TB version, going for a hefty $800 (more than the price of a very decent 4K UHD HDR TV for a bit of perspective). These prices are way above those of any comparable HDD drive models on the market and the T5 is definitely aimed more at multimedia professionals with some serious throughput needs. These aren’t drives for the ordinary data and video backup market.

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