OWC Releases the Fastest USB-C SSD Ever Built! 😮

The screaming new OWC Envoy Pro EX with USB-C is the fastest USB-C SSD ever built…  by anyone…  ever.

OWC Envoy Pro EX USB CWith speeds up to 980 MB/s, OWC today announced the Envoy Pro EX with USB-C—the latest addition to its massive lineup of award-winning SSDs and external drives for professional workflows.

Performance and Endurance

The Envoy Pro EX with USB-C packs production-level performance in a palm-sized package. Inside the finely-crafted shell sits a high-performance NVMe M.2 SSD that delivers blazing fast access to data and no interruption to professional workflows. With speeds up to 980MB/s, Thunderbolt 3 compatibility, and backed by OWC’s rock solid 3-year warranty, pro creators can say goodbye to their desks knowing they have the performance of NVMe and ultra-reliable data protection to maintain their best work everywhere their adventures take them.

Beauty and Brawn

The OWC Envoy Pro EX with USB-C gives projects and presentations the professional-level performance and polish they deserve. Housed in anodized aluminum, it’s the perfectly sleek take-along for field work and remote locations, with plenty of room for photos, videos, music, and important files. Lean on its award-winning design to add style to office and client meetings. Lightweight, rugged and slim, it easily fits in a bag or coat pocket for the ultimate in on-the-go convenience. Built tough for every challenge, the USB-C Envoy Pro EX can handle that unexpected rainstorm or splash, or even submersion in up to one meter of water while keeping prized data safe.

Tech Specs At-A-Glance

  • Transfer speeds up to 980MB/s
  • Capacity up to 2TB
  • IP67 Rated (dust tight + water resistant for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water)
  • NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Compatible with both Mac & PC, plus direct-connect to devices like the latest USB-C cameras from Blackmagic Design
  • Bus-powered
  • Quiet fanless operation
  • Ultra-portable
  • Mac or PC
  • Thunderbolt 3 compatible

“Our Envoy Pro EX family of SSDs has been a massive hit with both our professional and prosumer customers, especially for demanding workflows in-studio or rugged environments,” said OWC CEO and Founder Larry O’Connor. “Today we are delighted to expand the lineup on behalf of our customers who prefer a USB-C interface, yet still demand the absolute top of the line in blazing throughput, rugged performance and extreme reliability. This is unquestionably the fastest USB-C SSD ever produced…period.”

Pricing and Availability

The family of Envoy Pro EX with USB-C are backed by a 3-Year OWC Limited Warranty and are available now at MacSales.com as follows:

0GB SSD     $89.00
250GB SSD     $129.99
500GB SSD     $179.99
1TB SSD     $249.99
2TB SSD     $429.99

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  • Is this compatible with Thunderbolt 2 using Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?




  • Would this be compatible with Apple’s TB3->TB2 adapter (speaking of being able to use it with older Thunderbolt 2 Macs, etc.)?




    • The quick answer is no—the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter is for Thunderbolt only, not USB.

      I passed this question by one of our OWC engineers and he stated that though you can’t do it directly, you CAN use an Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 version in a chain with the adapter.

      For example: Mac Pro 2013 -> Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 Adapter -> Thunderbolt 3 Device with two ports -> Envoy Pro EX TB3




      • Thunderbolt 2 reduces max speed of the Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 version by a 1000 MB/s but it’s still almost twice as fast as USB 3.1 gen 2.

        The same chain that lets you use a Thunderbolt 3 device like the Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 version will also let you use a USB-C device like the Envoy Pro EX with USB-C.

        A Thunderbolt 3 device with two Thunderbolt 3 ports is a good way to add USB 3.1 gen 2 to your Thunderbolt 2 computer. The extra Thunderbolt 3 port supports 10 Gbps USB. Some Thunderbolt docks have other USB 3.1 gen 2 ports but those ports might be limited to 7.88 Gbps.




      • Speaking of the Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 version you linked too, would that work directly with an Apple TB2->TB3 adapter (speaking to the fact it’s actually Thunderbolt rather than USB 3.1G2)?




        • My understanding is that it can’t be done directly because there is an issue with the passing of power to the Envoy Pro EX (which is bus-powered) through the TB2->TB3 converter.

          This is why you would need to daisy-chain it to a TB3 powered device like a OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock.




  • I cannot see my post after posting, so here it comes again. Sorry if it becomes duplicated; I have reported this issue many times here. I visit thousands of sites and only here have problems. Using Safari on Mac:

    RAID 0 inside? Sequential write speed? Random IOPS read and write speed? Fan inside? QuickBench benchmarks? Thanks.




    • Comments are not monitored 24/7 so submissions that come in at 1:30AM Woodstock, IL time are likely not going to be seen and moderated until a fair bit later in the day!




    • Not RAID 0. The above description implies a single SSD. Only one NVMe SSD is necessary to achieve 980 MB/s. The specs section of the store page says 1 bay which I assume refers to the number of NVMe connectors (although the 2.6 inch width seems wide enough for two…

      The write speed should be close to 980 MB/s (near the limit of USB 3.1 gen 2) since most NVMe drives can do near 3000 MB/s with a full PCIe 3.0 x4 connection. The USB chip uses a PCIe 3.0 x2 connection which is near twice as much as required to saturate USB 3.1 gen 2.




  • RAID 0 inside? Sequential write speed? Random IOPS read and write speed? Fan inside? QuickBench benchmarks? Thanks.




  • The Envoy Pro EX uses the ASMedia ASM2362. How does it compare to enclosures that use the JMicron JMS583 chip? They both support UASP. If there’s a difference, it’s probably only a handful of MB/s.




  • Your product information doesn’t specify if this supports B key or M key connector types for M.2.