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AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD

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Thunderbolt 3
4K workflow
Thunderbolt 3 cable included
DisplayPort Output

AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD

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A screaming fast external storage solution for your Thunderbolt™ 3 computer. The Intel SSD 750 Series is Intel's first PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD developed for the client enthusiast and workstation markets. In combination with the lightning fast Thunderbolt™ 3 interface, the AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD is able to deliver over 2000 MB/s of read speeds. No longer limited to large RAID systems, professionals in need of speed can now take the drive with them on location and work on footage in the field.

  • Thunderbolt™ 3 for lightning fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • 1.2TB Intel 750 Series PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD with NVMe interface
  • Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace
  • 2nd Thunderbolt port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and DisplayPort devices
  • Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
  • Durable and rugged aluminum casing

Designed for Speed

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Intel 750 Series PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD

The Intel SSD 750 Series is Intel's first PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD developed for the client enthusiast and workstation markets. The Intel SSD 750 Series was designed with the new Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) performance controller interface that delivers outstanding performance, low latency, and superior quality of service.

Thunderbolt Connectivity

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Thunderbolt™ 3

Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.

The AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The second port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.


The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace. This video output capability requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the computer and will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.


The AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD provides users the ability to edit and playback multiple streams of HD and/or 4K content with enough headroom to simultaneously daisy-chain additional displays and storage devices.

The transfer speeds for this benchmark were obtained using the AJA System Test tool and CrystalDiskMark for comparison. The results from the AJA System Test closely reflect the real-world performance but the actual transfer rates can vary depending on the test environment.

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AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD

  • T3PC-T3DIS-AKTUP (with 1.2TB PCIe SSD)

  • CE

  • FCC

  • VCCI

  • Thunderbolt™ technology

  • 2-year limited warranty

  • High quality aluminum with metal chassis

  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports

  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.1

  • Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps

  • DisplayPort 1.1a (4K at 60 Hz)

  • Windows 7 and later

  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port

Not supported

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C

  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C

  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)

  • External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved)

  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz

  • Output: DC +12V/6A

  • 23 dB(A)

  • 9.17 inches x 5.96 inches x 2.99 inches

  • 23.3 cm x 15.2 cm x 7.6 cm

  • AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD

  • Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable

  • Power adapter

  • Retail Box Size: 12.4 x 12 x 4.9 in. (31.5 x 30.5 x 12.5 cm)

  • Carton Size (6pcs per carton): 20.8 x 13.2 x 13.9 in. (52.8 x 33.5 x 35.3 cm)

  • Gross Weight: 3.04 kg (retail box), 19.14 kg (carton)

  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Mac OS X or Apple's Boot Camp.

  • PCIe SSD driver from Intel must be installed for optimal performance

  • This product has components or design elements that are patented or patent pending.


This blazingly fast external Thunderbolt 3 drive earns four stars despite its whopping $1,300 price tag. If the cost doesn't faze you, the 2GBps transfer rates will amaze, not to mention save you scads of time. Read More...

Jon L. Jacobi - PCWorld (September 24, 2016)

Coming to the business end of the review, it can definitely be said that the Thunder3 PCIe SSD is a unique product - It is the only product we are aware of that can put the Intel SSD 750 to use in a direct-attach scenario. The key here is that the storage is not tied to a single computer, and a portability option is available. Such fast and massive storage is a boon for multimedia editors working as a team, or, across multiple locations. Read More...

Ganesh T S - Anandtech (June 2, 2016)



Your PC may need updates for the Thunderbolt 3 ports to function properly.
For more information go to https://thunderbolttechnology.net/updates.


  • This product is not supported on Mac OS X
  • This product is not supported on Boot Camp