The latest cameras demand power and performance and that requirement for fast recording media is met by the likes of XQD, CFast and UHS-II cards.
That’s all well and good but what happens once the images are downloaded and footage logged? Many of us still rely on optical mass storage.
Traditional HD’s may cope with Full HD, but throw a bit of 4K editing or save down a multiple-layer PSD from the latest 40+mp camera and you’ll start to see the lag time.
A fast way to enhance your computer and storage is to utilise the next generation NVMe SSD like the new Lexar Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe.
These drives aren’t just fast they’re in a different league to anything that has come before. With a traditional optical HD you’ll be lucky to get a real-world read/write speed of 50mb/s, pop in a newer solid-state SSD and you’ll get 150mb/s – 300mb/s and NVMe anywhere between 1000-3000mb/s.
This newish form of HD was first widely used in the Mac Pro late 2013 and due to the unparalleled speed quickly became the standard across many professional machines, especially laptops.
However, until recently the cost and support of these drives have put them out of reach of the mainstream, and there’s still a bit of technical know-how that’s needed before you dive in and make the swap.
Here you can see how the speed and performance of the Mac Pro 2010 was greatly increased by using a similar NVMe drive.
But, before you go out and buy one, it’s worth knowing that you’ll need some additional accessories. In order to be able to pop one of these drives into your existing desktop computer or laptop, you’ll need a caddy or card depending, unless your computer already utilises the technology of course.
We’ll take a closer look at the options in another article but for now, check out the specifications and the huge difference one of these in your machine or external HD will make to your work.
Lexar Announces Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD Key features
- High-speed PCIe Gen3x4 interface: 3500MB/s read and 2000MB/s write1 – NVMe
- M.2 2280 form factor
- Get 6.5x the speed of a SATA-based SSD2
- Ideal for high-intensive users
- 3D NAND
- Features LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check)
- Shock and vibration resistant with no moving parts
- Five-year limited warranty
The Lexar Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD is available at an MSRP of €79,99 EURO (256 GB), €129,99 USD (512 GB), and €199,99 EURO (1 TB).