Roll Your Own Thunderbolt 3 External SSD
I recently received a 13″ MacBook Pro with an internal 512GB SSD. I support a lot of different products and need to virtualize many different environments to do so. Naturally, 512GB fills up pretty fast when creating a bunch of virtual machines so I started shopping for decent external SSDs. It seems silly to waste my money on SSDs based on USB 3.x interfaces as they generally top out between 500MB/s to 1050MB/s when we now have Thunderbolt 3 which is 4 times faster at 40Gbps.
The Sticker shock of these new TB3 SSDs is a bit much as at the time I’m writing this, the Samsung X5 2TB SSD is a whopping $699.99. I just couldn’t justify this purchase and started doing a bit of research. Turns out you can buy the enclosure and an M.2 2280 SSD and save yourself over $300. I just booked the order at Amazon and will update this when the parts arrive and I’ve put it together and tested.
Here are the parts for reference and calculated savings:
|ineo Thunderbolt 3 SSD Enclosure, PCIe Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) to NVMe M.2 SSD Case – (SSD not Included) [C2604]||129.99|
|Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High Performance Solid State Drive R/W 3200/2900MB/s (SB-RKTQ-2TB)||249.99|
|m.2 Thermal pad， 70x20x1mm for M.2 2280 SSD NVMe Heatsinks (4PCS Pack)||8.99|
|Amazon Coupon (Not sure why but I’ll take it)||-13.00|
|Roll Your Own Grand Total||375.97|
|SAMSUNG X5 Portable SSD 2TB – Up to 2800MB/s -Thunderbolt 3 NVMe External Solid State Drive, Gray/Red (MU-PB2T0B/AM)||699.99|
|Roll Your Own Savings||324.02|
Update: Mar 11 19:56:26 EST 2021
I’ve been using this little speed demon for some time now and I must say I’m impressed.
I’d buy this one again as the prices for the Samsung X5 2TB is still $599 @ Amazon.