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mogul wrote:
Maybe I am missing something but why not get a SSD thunder bolt enclosure with speeds to 40 gigs/s?


Simple answer is cost saving, convenience and durability.

These SSD 2 and 4TB portable enclosures from SanDisk and Samsung using the USB-C style of connection are less expensive than the “kits” put together using a metal style box USB4 enclosure and a separate NVMe. I just put together a 2nd Acasis kit with a WD 4TB NVMe during the BF sales and it cost about $335 total. The last 4TB SanDisk SSD Extreme V2 I bought was $199 on sale. Many of the SSD's are listed as impact and weather resistant so they can be used in outdoor locations with better reliability. And if and when there is a warranty issue it is all on the sole SSD manufacture for warranty repair.

With a separate enclosure and a non-same manufacturer NVMe setup, such as my Acasis enclosures with a 2TB Samsung and 4TB WD Black NVMe, it is up to the individual who put the kit together to find out which item is not working, the enclosure or NVMe, and to seek replacement from that company. There are some companies who provide both the enclosure and NVMe together and would cover both if repair was needed, but you pay a 25% or more premium for this at purchase time. Also there are many times compatibility issues between the enclosure boxes and certain models of NMVe, and the speed advantage the enclosure boxes have, can be severely mitigated. As an example Samsung 970 model NVMe had issues with the M1 Macs released 2 years ago and the Write speeds were very slow, less than 1/2 the Read speed. Their more expensive 980 Pro NVMe model I bought was just fine after a FW upgrade. So the enclosure style NVMe boxes are not yet ready for all users, but for people who like to roll they own, they are great.

I use both types, having 2 sets of the SanDisk 4TB SSD units being used as a 8TB RAID for almost 2 years now without issue for all LR/PS catalog photo storage and the Acasis 2TB MVMe (which I just went to 4TB with) as my startup drive on my 27” iMac. The Acasis enclosure is faster at 2,700-2,800 MB/s, but by doubling up the SanDisks in a RAID configuration, which is simple to do with Apples Disk Utility, they provide just about double the speed of a single SSD in the 1,800 MB/s +/- R&W speed range. It is so simple just to grab the 2 SanDisk SSD and bring them along on trips where I use my MBP 14” Pro M1 laptop, I just plug them into 2 TB3 ports and have instant access to my entire photo catalog. For daily use of LR/PS you won't notice the speed difference as even a single SSD at 850 to 900 MB/s is fast enough.



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Dec 18, 2023 at 11:18 AM
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Off of Amazon, I just picked up an Acsis thunderbolt 4 case for $86 with discounts. Comes with cable. Picked up a 990 for $75 (1 tera). From Crucial, I got a gen 4 2 tb t500 for $107. For the speed, there is no comparison.


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mogul wrote:
Off of Amazon, I just picked up an Acsis thunderbolt 4 case for $86 with discounts. Comes with cable. Picked up a 990 for $75 (1 tera). From Crucial, I got a gen 4 2 tb t500 for $107. For the speed, there is no comparison.


FYI, Acasis does not make (yet) a Thunderbolt 4 enclosure, they are all USB4/TB3. Only the newest chip set released in the last few months are actually TB4 and the first 2 Chinese companies who released such enclosures, Jeyi and Maiwo, run very hot. Also Acasis Does Not Recommend using Crucial, as there are the compatibility issued I mentioned, see below.







Dec 18, 2023 at 12:14 PM
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You are right, I haven't hooked everything up yet. I will let you know how it goes. This will be put into a thunderbolt 4 lap top pc. Thanks for the information.


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mogul wrote:
You are right, I haven't hooked everything up yet. I will let you know how it goes. This will be put into a thunderbolt 4 lap top pc. Thanks for the information.


Hope it works out for you, but if not you should have until Feb 4th to return the Crucial NVMe to Amazon.



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I bought the drive from crucial, much cheaper than Amazon but haven't received it yet. It was going into my desktop since the team group was so slow (gen 3, mistakenly thought it wouldn't be that much different from gen4). It works fine but measured speeds are pretty low. There are so many variables in buying computer stuff that learning is trial and error.


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mogul wrote:
I bought the drive from crucial, much cheaper than Amazon but haven't received it yet. It was going into my desktop since the team group was so slow (gen 3, mistakenly thought it wouldn't be that much different from gen4). It works fine but measured speeds are pretty low. There are so many variables in buying computer stuff that learning is trial and error.


I just looked on the Acasis website and they have tested additional NVMe since the early 2023 chart I posted above. Below is the latest chart. The do say the Corsair MP 400 and MP600 (I believe is the same as Crucial?? but I could be wrong) will work with the Acasis. But notice on the MP400 how the Write speeds are about about 1/3 less. Anyway Acasis says in a footnote that all on the list will work with a Windows pc, so if the Crucial is returned you do have some others to choose from.









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ramesesthe2nd wrote:
Nice. I have a 4 TB T7 and just purchased a 4 TB T9. I also backup everything on my old PC with a 16 TB HDD that I use as a file server. I just need to figure out the cloud backup part of it. I subscribe to M365 service and get 1 TB of OneDrive storage with it, but that is obviously not enough storage.

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lol... now you're just rubbing it in.



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Yes, I know, not the Black Friday deal but I don’t want to create another thread so figured I would simply revive this one

Currently, Lexar CFE-A cards are on sale on Amazon with 160GB card at 29% and 320GB card at 24% discount - https://amzn.to/4a7vCLu












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The Lexar gold cards are currently $200/160 GB and $400/320GB at Adorama and BH.

kosin wrote:
Yes, I know, not the Black Friday deal but I don’t want to create another thread so figured I would simply revive this one

Currently, Lexar CFE-A cards are on sale on Amazon with 160GB card at 29% and 320GB card at 24% discount -





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