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OWC 40TB SSD: Photoshop Scratch Disk Performance
Related: Mac Pro, Other World Computing, OWC Thunderbay, OWC Thunderbay 4, OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini, Photoshop, RAID, SSD, storage, Thunderbolt, video
The Thunderbay 4 Mini RAID-5 edition is available with SSDs in capacities from 1TB to 40TB. MPG strong recommends the RAID edition.
Thunderbay 4 Mini configurations (non RAID) are also available, as well as hard drive configurations.
The OWC 40TB SSD offers unprecedented external SSD performance across its enormous capacity, as the other tests show.
To assess the real-world performance with Photoshop, the diglloydHuge benchmark was utilized; it exceeds the available 64GB memory and thus its run time is strongly influenced by how fast the scratch drive can swap data.
An appropriate comparison is to the very fast internal PCIe SSD in the 2013 Mac Pro. As shown, there is a meaningless 1% performance difference, showing that not only does the OWC 40TB SSD bring huge capacity to the table, but it also offers high grade SSD performance—and when Thunderbolt 3 arrives on a Mac Pro, a OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini enclosure should deliver even better results.