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Coming soon: New Thunderbolt drive that delivers staggering speed

Akitio claims its new Thunderbolt 3 external drive can copy up to 2,500 megabytes per second. It's not cheap though, costing $1,299 for 1.2 terabytes.

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The new Thunderbolt3 PCIe SSD external drive from Akitio.

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With the rapid adoption of the USB-C connector, you might think Thunderbolt is yesterday's peripheral connection. Not so! When it comes to speed, currently nothing beats it. Case in point: the new Thunderbolt 3 PCIe solid-state drive that Akitio announced today.

The Brea, California-based company's new external storage device is slated to deliver a top speed of up to 2,500 megabytes per second, some 10 times faster than most current portable drives on the market. To achieve this staggering speed, the Thunderbolt 3 combines the full third-generation PCIe, four-lane bandwidth of Intel's 750 NVMe SSD with the latest Thunderbolt 3 standard, which has a top speed of 40 gigabits per second.

The drive come in a single capacity of 1.2 terabytes, the highest capacity among PCIe SSDs available today, and will cost $1,299 when it goes on sale in the second quarter of the year. UK and Australian prices have yet to be announced, but that converts to around £915 or AU$1,685. You'll need a Thunderbolt 3-ready computer to take the full advantage of its performance. If speed is what you're looking for, it's time to save up.