Throughout the test, I put the small drive through various scenarios. The first was as a compact drive for use between the studio and home. In this scenario, the drive seamlessly backed up image files from Capture One, outperforming the speed of the studio machines while being fully backwards compatible.
During a shoot, the drive efficiently handled backups from Canon EOS R5 C and Sony A7 IV cards. A test with CFExpress cards transferred 61GB of data in 76 seconds.
For video editing, files shot in RAW Lite were easily managed on the PNY EliteX Pro, enabling quick editing and grading of a five-minute video.
Scientifically tested with the Blackmagic Disk Speed test, the drive’s performance was impressive, though slightly below PNY’s advertised speeds. It averaged write and read speeds of 880MB/s and 825MB/s, formatted to exFAT. Speeds increased with larger files but dropped slightly with hundreds of smaller image files.
The drive was tested on both Mac and PC systems, formatted as exFAT for cross-compatibility. On a PC, the average transfer speed exceeded 1000MB/s.
Despite using BUS power, the drive’s power draw was minimal and had little noticeable effect on the laptop battery drain.
The included Acronis True Image Data Protection Software adds a layer of security, proving to be a valuable feature for data protection.
Overall, the PNY EliteX Pro’s performance was exceptional—compact, fast, and with ample capacity, making it a great addition to any kit.