April 24th, 2017 by Adam Armstrong
G-Technology Upgrades Several Devices To Thunderbolt 3
Today at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that its G-Technology line would be upgrading several of its products to Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. This update not only improves connectivity from G-tech’s product line to modern computers, it also brings faster transfer speeds that creative professionals will need as their content gains in resolution and takes up more capacity.
The popular line of products from G-Technology is built for creative professionals, including videographers and digital photographers. The product line is designed to provide the performance and capacity needed for creative applications while being attractive while doing so. The latest updates adds even more performance and capacity to keep in line with the increase in demands for both.
The newly updated devices include:
- G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port (supports USB 3.1 Gen 1) enabling users to daisy chain up to five additional devices. G-technology states that users will be able to quickly move HD videos and 4K footage through a single connection. The new G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 has a maximum capacity of 12TB.
- G-RAID with Thunderbolt 3 has dual removable drives that can be set in RAID0, RAID1, or JBOD. The updated G-RAID features Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, HDMI 2.0, along with the ability to plug in 4K 60 HDR displays and editing tools. All this connectivity allows creative professionals to quickly access, browse, edit, and backup digital libraries.
- G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 offers hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 6,10, and 50 configurations in an 8-bay transportable solution. Along with the new Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, the Shuttle XL now goes up to 96TB in capacity.
- G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Series bay adapters enables cross-functionality with all ev Series drives. G-Technology states that the device can have up to 72TB of capacity and transfer rates as high as 1,500MB/s.
Availability and Pricing
The G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 is available now with a MSRP of $699.95 for the 10TB, the 12TB is expected to ship next quarter for $799.95. The G-RAID with Thunderbolt 3 is expected to be available in June for the 20TB model and the next quarter there will be the 24TB model for $1,999.95. The G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 is also expected to be available in June for models up to 80TB and the next quarter with up to 96TB for $10,199.95. And the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Series bay adapters is expected to be available next quarter with up to 72TB and a MSRP of $7,799.95. All devices use Ultrastar Enterprise-class drives and are backed by an industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.