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  • Hi all, new to the forums) Is anyone using U.3 NVMe storage for editing?

    Posted by Rodion Zevin on July 2, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    I’m thinking of purchasing a Micron 9400 PRO SSD for editing multiple streams of 8K RED footage, it’s about $2000 for 15TB and has a great speed of 7000MB/s read & write. But, i’ve never seen anyone using those drives for video editing… Does anyone here has any experience with those drives?

    Neil Sadwelkar replied 10 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Bob Zelin

    July 2, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Hello –

    I use U.2 NVMe drives all the time. I install them in QNAP TS-h1290FX and QNAP TS-h2490FU systems. U.2 (and U.3) NVMe drives are the fastest drives on the market. I have only used them in a RAID configuration – never as single drives. Another new product that uses U.2 NVMe drives is the Blackmagic Design Cloud Dock 4 and Cloud Dock 2, that are both very inexpensive (but only offer a 10G interface). The QNAP’s offer a 25G interface, so you will get faster performace with a 25GbE interface on your computer.

    The price of 15 TB U.2 NVMe’s are dramatically more expensive than the 7.68 TB models. You can get a 7.68 TB U.2 NVMe from Samsung or Kingston for about $600 US.

    If you are on a budget, and can’t afford the QNAP’s, you should look at this –

    Blackmagic Cloud Store – Tech Specs | Blackmagic Design

  • Neil Sadwelkar

    July 7, 2023 at 3:46 am


    As Bob described, it’s possible to use U.3 SSDs for editing, in a RAID form, inside a NAS.

    For your use case, using one 15TB $2000 U.3 SSD may be overkill.

    A U.2 or U.3 SSD will deliver that speed only if the interface supports it. Like if it’s installed on a PCIe card, or directly in a U.2/U.3 compatible slot internal to your PC.

    If you’re on a Mac, you’ll need to be using a Thunderbolt to U.2/U.3 adapter of some kind (OWC makes enclosures which are U.2 SSD compatible). Used in this manner, a U.2/U.3 SSD will work at about 2,500-3,000 MB/sec which is fast enough for 8k video file processing. But then these speeds are also achievable with M.2 NVMe SSDs.

    You could also take a look at Iodyne which makes SSD based storage which can be connected to multiple Macs simultaneously.

    Also, bear in mind that U.2 and U.3 in some situations/enclosures/adapters are not interchangeable.

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