Glyph Atom Pro

Atom Pro NVMe SSD is a compact, bus-powered, high-performance, SSD storage device from Glyph Production Technologies, Inc. that connects to a Thunderbolt 3 port on a computer or powered dock. Features include a “heat-dissipating” aluminum shell, “MIL-Standard 810F rating for shock, vibration, dust, and sand” and “read speeds up to 2,800 MB/s and write speeds reaching 2,450MB/s” with capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB.

Atom Pro NVMe SSD was priced at $299.95 / $449.95 for 500 GB / 1 TB when checked (at Amazon and elsewhere) or $999.95 for 2 TB.

(The Samsung X5 offers similar features, performance and pricing.)

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID is a full-length, full-height PCIe 3.0 card from Sonnet Technologies, Inc. that accomodates two standard 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, with a hardware RAID controller, and also offers a 10Gbps USB-C port. Features include RAID 0, RAID 1, Span, and JBOD modes (selected via external switch), 15-watt power delivery, status indicator lights, and performance “up to 1,000 MB/s.”

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID is due for release by the end of this month at $129.95 for Mac Pro models or external Thunderbolt PCIe enclosures that can hold a full-length, full-height PCIe 3.0 card.

Sensei

Sensei is a new utility app  from Cindori AB that adds to the capabilities of the company’s previous Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei Mac apps but only runs on macOS Catalina. Features include SSD Trim support, SMART reporting, performance testing, fan control, detailed Mac information and monitoring (temperature, CPU, GPU, battery, drives), an app uninstaller, disk “cleaning” and more.

Sensei 1.0.0, which is compatible only with macOS 10.15 Catalina, is priced at $59 for a permanent license or $29/year as a subscription. Upgrade discounts are available for owners of Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei.

Discussions

MacInTouch Community discussions include the following topics (among others):

  • Apple Card – statement conversion hack (csv.wtf)
  • Apple security – Checkra1n/Ra1nUSB jailbreak; iCloud AI image scanning; FBI, end-to-end encryption
  • Backup – Time Machine failures (and ChronoSync contention)
  • Input devices – Logitech Triathlon vs. Microsoft Precision Mouse
  • Internet services – Verizon false advertising
  • iPhone SE – extended support in California
  • macOS Catalina – Apple update broke Canon camera connection
  • Quicken – APFS conflict with “lexicographical order”
  • SSDs – Samsung’s ultrafast PCIe 4.0 SSD previewed
  • Tax software – security/privacy and software archiving problems

Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0

Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 [Amazon link] is an NVMe M.2 SSD from Sabrent that uses the new PCIe 4.0 standard for ultra-high performance, promising read/write speeds up to 5000/4400 MB/s with computer motherboards that support PCIe 4.0.

Note: In order to take advantage of these speeds, a PCIe Gen4 motherboard is REQUIRED. Otherwise it will be at pcie gen 3 speed at max of 3500MB/s. When installing any NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD directly onto a PCIe Gen4 Motherboard a Heatsink is required to dissipate the heat generated by the drives extreme speed levels to avoid thermal throttling and maximize performance.

The Sabrent 1TB Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 Internal SSD is backward compatible with PCIe 3.0. Using a Gen 3 PCIe motherboard will enable the user to reach speeds of up to 3400 MB/s (read) and 3000 MB/s (write).

Other features include SMART and Trim support, upgradable firmware, power management support (“APST / ASPM / L1.2”), and support for ONFi 2.3, ONFi 3.0, ONFi 3.2 and ONFi 4.0 interfaces.

Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 is sold via resellers in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities ($119.98 to $369.99 when checked at Amazon).

Sabrent Rocket Nano

Sabrent Rocket Nano [Amazon] is a compact SSD storage device that connects via 10Gbps USB-C and promises speeds up to 1,000 MB/s. Other features include upgradable firmware, Trim support, and an aluminum alloy shell, along with USB-C and USB 3 Type-A connecting cables.

Sabrent Rocket Nano is sold by resellers in 512MB, 1TB and 2TB capacities ($109.99, $159.99 and $289.99 when checked at Amazon).

USB 3.1 Aluminum Enclosure for M.2 NVMe SSD ($45.99 when checked) omits the SSD in a kit that lets you add an M.2 NVMe SSD of your choosing.

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch

Portable SSD T7 Touch is a newly announced successor to Samsung’s popular Portable SSD T5 [Amazon] promising even higher performance, while adding a new fingerprint scanner and data encryption hardware. (A version without fingerprint reader – “Portable SSD T7” – is planned for later release.)

The new T7 SSDs feature read/write performance up to 1,050/1000 MB/s in a similar compact aluminum enclosure (58g.) with a 10Gbps USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2). Both USB-C and USB Type-A cables are included.

Portable SSD T7 Touch is list-priced at $129.99, $229.99, and $399.99 for 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, due this month, while the version without fingerprint reading/encryption is due by mid-2020.

Trim Enabler

Trim Enabler is a Mac app from Oskar Groth (Cindori Software AB) that enables SSD Trim for better performance and longevity with solid-state drives. (Apple supports Trim for its own internal flash storage in modern Macs but doesn’t support third-party Trim without special overrides.) Features include Trim on/off switching, other optimization controls (Sudden Motion Sensor, Local Time Machine, Sleep Image, and Access Time logging), SMART-based information about drive health (with the option of installing a SMART driver for external drives), and a benchmarking utility.

Trim Enabler 4.1.3 is priced at $14.99 for OS X 10.9 and up, with a 14-day trial period and older versions available with support for earlier Macs. The latest version brings full support for macOS 10.14 and 10.15.

Sensei is a pending product for macOS Catalina that expands on the company’s previous Disk Sensei app (a more advanced alternative to Trim Enabler with a number of additional capabilities).

Discussions

Storage discussions talk about defragmenting hard drives via clone-erase-restore, along with related Time Machine issues, plus SSD vs. hard drive differences, techniques for mounting/securing external SSDs (e.g. for iMacs), USB vs. SATA performance, and a year-end review of current SSD technologies.

MacInTouch Community discussions also include the following current topics (among others):

Discussions

Storage discussion talks about fusion drive SSD upgrades, an important Samsung EVO 970 Plus firmware fix, Intel’s fusion-type Rapid Storage Technology, and APFS performance issues.

MacInTouch Community discussions also touch on the following topics (among others):

  • 2019 Mac Pro – rack-mount model/peripherals; SSD cost/performance
  • Adobe – security update misinformation
  • Hackintoshes – inexpensive HP Elite-based systems
  • Help please – iPhone XR vs. iPhone Plus for big fingers?
  • iMessage – audio alert problems
  • Input devices – Splashtop for Mac control via iPhone
  • iOS 13 – app crashing, battery drain, GPS bugs
  • macOS Catalina – Catalyst apps, Fusion drives, Apple Books issues, etc.
  • Printers/scanners – VueScan OCR; Epson all-in-one kudos
  • Security – Wyze personal information breach