This past year we saw the introduction of many USB 3.1 solid state drives. These became extremely popular and are great for portable game drives, video and photo editing drives, and more because of their size and speed. This year we are going to see the introduction of many Thunderbolt 3 portable solid state drives. This gives you the ability to take advantage of the 40Gbps speed of Thunderbolt 3, which is three times faster than USB 3.1 (10Gbps). Patriot was one of the first to announce a Thunderbolt 3 portable solid state drive in their EVLVR. Today we are checking out the 1TB version of the drive, which boasts speeds of 1600 MB/s read and 1000 MB/s write. Let’s take a look at this drive and see if it sets a new standard for portable solid state drives.
• Up to 1600MB/s read and 1000MB/s write
• Thunderbolt™ 3 with Type-C connector
• PCIe gen 3x
• 40 Gb/s
The Patriot EVLR comes in a retail package that just says “Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD” on it. It is pretty interesting that there is no Patriot branding on the packaging at all.
The back of the package looks much the front, but we do have a small list of features.
Getting everything out of the box all we have is the EVLVR Thunderbolt 3 Portable Solid State Drive and a Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) cable.