AKiTiO and Intel this week announced plans to release a special product bundle consisting of AKiTiO’s Node Lite Thunderbolt 3 box and Intel’s Optane 905P SSD. The Node Lite Optane Drive will be the industry’s first factory-built external storage solution based on Intel’s 3D XPoint memory and will be aimed at content creators with anApple MacBook Pro and other high-end PCs.

The AKiTiO Node Lite Optane Drive will come in an exclusive red aluminum enclosure and will pack Intel’s Optane 905P PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD with a 960 GB capacity (or higher, when such drives become available). Since Intel’s Optane 905P SSD cards feature LED lighting, the red Node Lite box will have a window to demonstrate the stylish storage device. The Node Lite Optane Drive is targeted at owners of high end notebooks that need about a terabyte of very fast storage and who would like to have it in a red enclosure for all to see.

For performance, we already reported earlier this week that the Intel Optane 905P SSDs will offer up to 2600 MB/s sequential read speed as well as up to 2200 MB/s sequential write speed, whereas its random performance numbers are speced at 575K and 550K for reads and writes, respectively - under Apple’s macOS the manufacturers are reporting 2200 MB/s reads and writes. This storage solution will be among the fastest storage options for TB3-enabled computers in terms of random performance and latencies.

Given a very high endurance of 3D XPoint memory, the Node Lite Optane Drive will be offered with a five-year warranty and will be rated for 10 DWPD, a rather massive number for a desktop-class storage device.

As for the price of the new unit, AKiTiO and Intel will not officially publish it before they start taking pre-orders in June. In the meantime, one can make an educated guess based on the fact that the Intel Optane 905P 960 GB carries a $1299 price tag, whereas AKiTiO sells its Node Lite enclosure for $199.

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  • halcyon - Thursday, May 3, 2018 - link

    That is a lot of empty space for a small piece of silicon.... How about a double m.2/u.2 ext enclosure for 2*480GB m.2 drives kn 1/10th of the volume?
  • DanNeely - Thursday, May 3, 2018 - link

    Because that wouldn't let them try to sell the mini-external GPU boxes they weren't able to unload on gamers.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, May 3, 2018 - link

    It's funny because it's true. Then again, AKiTiO wouldn't have this problem if their GPU enclosures were priced properly to begin with.

    And really, a case window and RGB LEDs for your external storage device? I used to cringe at glossy plastic everywhere laptops, but this is so much worse. There's something seriously wrong with the computer industry today.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, May 3, 2018 - link

    They're chasing buying trends. I wouldn't blame the company for trying to get sales; they exist to make business. Blame the sheep that buy the RGB products over non-RGB products as they directly influence future product SKUs. I _intentionally_ will pay more for non-RGB non-LED non-sidepanel-window products, because I vote with my wallet and I don't support those dumb trends. But clearly I'm not in the majority, since manufacturers are catering to the majority.
  • mdrejhon - Friday, May 4, 2018 - link

    I put my RGB to useful money-saving use. I can tell if my computer is sleeping, awake, or full power.

    OFF - 0W - no lights

    Sleep - 2.5W - only RAM lights up

    Idle - 59W - RAM and computer lights up, GPU dim

    Gaming - 350W - Everything lights up, GPU brightly

    Kill-A-Watt measurements. I can tell if I forgot to sleep my computer before bed.
  • XboxTechSupportNumber - Friday, May 18, 2018 - link

    Is there any external SSD available with 1TB volume in the market? Which is compatible with Xbox 360. I asked https://xboxsupport.org/ they told me that Seagate has but didn't found.

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