After being announced earlier this year at CES 2020, OWC’s new ThunderBay Flex 8 Thunderbolt 3 storage and docking station is now available to order.
The ThunderBay Flex 8 is a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure that has a unique ability to blend into a user’s workflow. The wide range of customizations makes it perfect for Mac Pro users or any professional dealing with terabytes of data at home, in the studio or on site.
There are eight universal 3.5 / 2.5-inch drive bays that can support NVMe SATA / SAS1 and U.2 / M.22 drives for a total capacity of up to 128 TB and actual transfer speeds up to 2750 MB / s. Users can mix and match different drives between SSD and hard drives and set their RAID preference.
As mentioned, it also acts as a Thunderbolt 3 docking station with additional ports. There are two front-mounted USB-A ports, a USB-C port, an SD card slot, and a CFExpress card. On the back is a second Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy chaining other Thunderbolt devices as well as a DisplayPort 1.4 port. Users can use PCIe x16 connector / x4 lane slot for audio / video capture, networking, SSD storage, hardware RAID card or I / O card
Appleiphonestop had a hands-on preview of the ThunderBay Flex 8 earlier this year when it debuted at CES 2020. We were thrilled with the flexibility of such a case for creative professionals who have to offer with huge amounts of storage during a shoot or in the studio.
The fact that it doubles as a docking station with its myriad of ports and 85 W of direct charge, makes it even more powerful for a user’s workflow.