OWC / Other World Computing Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

OWC / Other World Computing Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

OWC / Other World Computing Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

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  • 8TB Capacity
  • USB Type-C | DisplayPort | Thunderbolt 3
  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Includes SoftRAID Lite XT
  • Includes Thunderbolt 3 Cable
  • Includes Power Supply & Cable
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
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The Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure from OWC / Other World Computing is designed to house a separately sold solid-state drive with a capacity up to 8TB. Store and carry your music, photos, and personal data safely wherever you go with the enclosure's durable aluminum body. Connect to devices via its two USB Type-C ports, and extend your system's screen via DisplayPort or Thunderbolt 3. In terms of visuals, the Express 4M2 outputs resolution up to 4K at 60Hz.

The Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure includes SoftRAID Lite XT, a Thunderbolt 3 cable, a power supply, and charging cable. Furthermore, this enclosure is compatible with systems running Windows and Mac operating systems.

NVMe SSD
Non-Volatile Memory Express provides an efficient communication interface protocol, so you can utilize SSD technology and high-performance connection buses like PCIe. Furthermore, there is room for four NVMe SSDs while also supporting multiple enclosures, advanced drive monitoring, e-notifications, and downloadable updates.
SoftRAID Compatible
The OWC Express 4M2 features a SoftRAID engine for sturdy performance. Moreover, SoftRAID protects your data by alerting you to issues before anything happens, ensuring you're protected. Advanced monitoring tools work behind the scenes to keep your RAID running in tip-top shape.
RAID and Storage Spaces
The OWC Express 4M2 comes with SoftRAID Lite XT ready to be set up in RAID 0 performance or RAID 1 mirrored drive mode, so you can customize this enclosure for speed or data redundancy. If you need more options, you can upgrade to add capabilities and RAID modes.
DisplayPort
Extend your screen with a DisplayPort output located on the rear of the OWC Express 4M2.
Thunderbolt 3
The OWC Express 4M2 is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and comes with an OWC Thunderbolt 3 cable, which is Thunderbolt certified for Mac and Windows. Moreover, the OWC Express 4M2 is backward compatible with Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2.
Multi-Drive
The OWC Express 4M2 comes equipped with an OWC SoftRAID, which provides RAID compatibility across multiple drive enclosures. Furthermore, add Express 4M2 drives to your storage pool using Windows Storage Spaces. Configure and reconfigure your storage however you need by combining multiple OWC Express 4M2 drives together on Mac and Windows systems.
Windows Compatible
The OWC Express 4M2 fully supports Windows workflows using Windows Storage Spaces. Pool the four M.2 NVMe SSDs together with support for all the storage spaces with configuration options, including the ability to add another OWC Express 4M2 to expand your storage pool on the fly.
Compact Design
This enclosure is design to be small and portable.

Compatible with SSDs from

iMac Pro 27" (Late 2017)
Model ID: iMacPro1, 1
2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.0 GHz, 3.2 GHz
iMac with Retina 5K Display 27" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: iMac18, 3
3.4 GHz, 3.5 GHz, 3.8 GHz, 4.2 GHz
iMac with Retina 4K Display 21.5" (Mid 2017)
Model ID:iMac18, 2
3.0 GHz, 3.4 GHz, 3.6 GHz
iMac 21.5" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: iMac18, 1
2.3 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 15" (Mid 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15, 1
2.2 GHz, 2.6 GHz, 2.9 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 13" (Mid 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15, 2
2.3 GHz, 2.7 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 15" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14, 3
2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, 3.1 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 13" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14, 2
3.1 GHz, 3.3 GHz, 3.5 GHz
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14, 1
2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 15" (Late 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13, 3
2.6 GHz, 2.7 GHz, 2.9 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 13" (Late 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13, 2
2.9 GHz, 3.1 GHz, 3.3 GHz
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13" (Late 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13, 1
2.0 GHz, 2.4 GHz
UPC: 810586030090
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure
  • SoftRAID Lite XT
  • Power Supply and Cable
  • Thunderbolt 3 Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing Express 4M2 Specs

    General
    Number of Bays 4 x M.2 (2280)
    Connections 1 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s))
    1 x USB Type-C 
    1 x DisplayPort 
    Maximum RAID Transfer Rate 2800 MB/s
    RAID Modes RAID 0, 1
    Operating System Support macOS/OS X
    OS Compatibility macOS 10.12 or Later
    Windows 10 or Later
    Electrical
    Power Source USB
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power 0 to 12 VDC at 7.5 A
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    Encryption None
    Security Features None
    Environmentaltzryvurufycdsd
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C (Recommended)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
    Physical
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Cooling 1 x  Fan
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.4 x 2.4 x 4.4" / 13.6 x 6.0 x 11.3 cm
    Weight 1.8 lb / 800.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.9 x 7.6 x 4.4"

    OWC / Other World Computing Express 4M2 Reviews

    Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forward-looking product, high quality, works very well. Theres really not much out there to compete with this at the moment. While a fast single NVMe drive might come close to saturating the Thunderbolt 3 bus (and two certainly will), having four slots makes it possible to buy lower-capacity drives to reach terabytes of ultra-fast solid-state storage for a comparative song compared to, for instance, Apples prices to upgrade to comparable capacities. Ive always been a big fan of OWCs Thunderbay Mini, which puts four 2.5 SATA drives in nice, fairly quiet enclosure. I always dreamed of putting 4-8TB of SSD storage in my Thunderbay Mini, but this came along and reset the performance bar before that could happen, so the Mini is now an archive drive attached to my server. For whatever reason, the quick setup via SoftRAID failed (twice), and I thought I had either a bad enclosure or a bad SSD (or two), but I was eventually able to certify all four of the 500GB Samsung 960 Evos I installed and set up a RAID 0 array that is working very well. Im knocking one star off for the pretty loud fan in the unit - in normal usage, the enclosure is by far the loudest part of my 2018 Mac mini/eGPU setup. The mini starts to make some fan noise under load, as does the eGPU, but the fan in the 4M2 runs constantly at the same speed, and is always audible. I pondered going with a silent option, but couldnt find anything with the same price/performance ratio; anything truly silent was either much more expensive or not nearly as fast, and all lacked the 4M2s second TB3 port. My only other wish was that OWC would offer the enclosure as a pre-configured solution with a 3-year warranty, as they have usually done in the past.
    Date published: 2018-12-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from FAST!!! Installed (4) 2TB Samsung 970s in the drive. Downloaded the free Softraid XT Lite app and created an 8TB Raid-0 Drive.  Its super-fast, getting 2,200-2,500MB/s transfer rates consistently.  That said, each SSD blade is rated for 2,500-3,500MB/s, so its slightly disappointing not to get true Raid-0 performance.  (In theory, at least, one could approach 9,000-10,000MB/s)   The fan is not noisy, but definitely audible.  If you like or need silence (ie. sound recording studio) this might not work for you.   Sometimes, I unplug the power adapter to reduce noise at my desk.   There is no on/off switch, which would be nice to have for a future design update.   All in all, the unit is really sturdy and well-built, the enclosure is tiny, and its still the fastest 8TB drive to date, along with the 8TB OWC Thunderblade.
    Date published: 2019-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to get internal SSD speeds externally So the trick with this unit is that your speeds increase with RAID 0 the more slots you fill.  With a single 512GB SSD, I got 671MB/s write and 781MB/s read. Not bad, but certainly not in the 2,500MB/s range that I get with my Macbookss internal SSD.  But, when I filled all four slots with 512GB SSDs, I got 2,024MB/s write and 2,470 read speeds which is very close to my internal SSD. One thing not mentioned, if your computer has TWO Thunderbolt buses, (not ports, but buses), then you can run two of these and RAID-0 them across both enclosures which is one of the advantages of Softraid. Then, leveraging both buses the two enclosure will deliver in the 3,500MB/s range of performance. Expensive, sure, but for pure speed in rendering , say, video, it may be worth it. Only grip is the fan is a tad noisy and it would nice if it would power off the fan when possible , it seems to stay on as long as there is power. Quality is top notch though and it just works.
    Date published: 2019-03-16
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