CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS As a freelance cinematographer, Ash Connaughton is always looking for ways to make his work day more efficient. The Samsung Portable SSD X5 drive is the extra help he’s been searching for

with the super speed of NVMe interface, which gives the portable drive the ability to handle heavier data at faster speeds. The Samsung Portable SSD X5’s DTG (Dynamic Thermal Guard) technology also helps maintain optimal performance and temperature, while a heat sink keeps surface temperature below 45°C. Its body has no moving parts and is reinforced with magnesium alloy that can even withstand a 2m drop. There’s also an optional password protection, based on AES 256-bit encryption, to securely protect your data. AMAZING NUMBERS When Connaughton got hold of the portable drive, he immediately wanted to test the transfer speeds. “I did a 1GB test using disk benchmark testing software, which allowed me to test the read and write speeds and then I did a 4GB test,” he says. “The 1GB tests were pretty consistent and amazingly

AS A FREELANCE CINEMATOGRAPHER Ash Connaughton’s work day is a mixture of shooting, checking footage, having meetings for new projects, finding locations and a host of other relevant jobs. Ultimately, his image skills are why he’s employed, but that has to be backed up by an almost foolproof work process that gets the footage he shoots into the right hands as soon as possible. “I’ve been wanting to look at the Samsung Portable SSD X5 drive for a while as I had heard about the speed of transfer you can achieve through the Thunderbolt 3 interface,” explains Connaughton. “When I first got hold of the portable drive, I was amazed at how small it was; you have something that is smaller than a mobile phone, is self-powered so you’re not looking to plug it in anywhere, has shock protection and has its own in-built security.” Thunderbolt 3 delivers the fastest bandwidth up to 40Gb/s and is equipped

“The transfer tests were consistent, with fast read and write speeds. I was very impressed”

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