The Best of Show 2020 award recognizes outstanding products introduced in Spring 2020 that were new since the 2019 NAB Show. Evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, the winners were selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the industry.
OWC ThunderBay FLEX 8
Whether you call it a workflow workhorse, a productivity platform, or a configurable command center, one description of the ThunderBay FLEX 8 says it best. OWC designed the ThunderBay Flex 8 as the solution for the most advanced, demanding workflow needs. It’s a groundbreaking, industry-first 3-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 storage, docking, and PCIe expansion solution from the world’s leading Thunderbolt accessory manufacturer.
The ThunderBay FLEX 8 offers eight drive bays that support a mix of SATA/SAS/U.2 NVMe drives for up to 128TB of storage capacity. Next, there are a plethora of ports, including (2) Thunderbolt 3, (1) USB-C, and (2) USB-A ports for device docking and charging. See your work with greater clarity by adding an up to 8K display via the built-in DisplayPort 1.4 connection. Ingest hi-res images and video via front-side SD 4.0 and CF-Express card readers. When you want to expand your desktop capabilities, there’s a PCIe x16 slot waiting for your specific project needs.
ThunderBay FLEX 8 was built from the ground up to address the storage standards of today and tomorrow. All eight bays can utilize legacy SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-inch SSDs or 3.5-inch HDDs. To take advantage of the direct connection PCIe technology offers to achieve transfer rates up to 40Gb/s, the top four bays are NVMe U.2 SSD ready. With these super-fast SSDs emerging as the preferred drive of media and entertainment industry professionals, ThunderBay FLEX 8 is prepared to meet the future storage needs of content creators and video production pros.
As a tie-in with this year’s virtual NAB, the following is a ProductionHUB remote with OWC’s CEO Larry O’Connor. He talks about the new ThunderBay 8 and ThunderBay FLEX 8, as well as the new Envoy Pro EX Models.