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OWC Thunderblade Thunderbolt 3 SSD: Unboxing
Related: Other World Computing, OWC Thunderblade, RAID, SSD, storage, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 3
MPG tested the 8TB OWC Thunderblade Thunderbolt 3 SSD. Available in 1/2/4/8TB/16TB configurations.
This page shows some unboxing images of how the OWC Thunderblade is shipped and packaged.
Lockable carrying case
The OWC Thunderblade ships in a lockable carrying case that should protect it from just about anything.
The OWC Thunderblade ships is a Thunderbolt 3 SSD which can be daisy-chained. Like all TB3 devices with dual ports, that means it is required to have its own power supply. The power brick is external which externalizes any heat from the power supply and keeps the SSD itself more compact.
The included (downloadable) SoftRAID software allows configuring the Thunderblade flexibly: individual 1TB volumes, 4TB RAID-0 stripe, 3TB RAID-4/RAID-5 fault tolerance. RAID-10, etc. For most users, a RAID-0 stripe makes the most sense—maximum speed and capacity.
The business end of the OWC Thunderblade has dual Thunderbolt 3 ports along with a DC-in port for the power supply. The supplied power supply and 1/2 meter Thundebolt 3 cable are seen at right.
Business end cabling
As shown, the Thunderbolt 3 cable plugs in at rear along with the power supply.
The bottom of the OWC Thunderblade has four small rubber feet.
Serial numbers erased in this image, but shipping units hve them there for ready reference.
Size vs iPhone 7 Plus
The OWC Thunderblade is not something you’ll be stowing in a pocket.
Ready to rock.