Glyph Manufacturing Storage is a New York primarily based enterprise that describes itself as a digital knowledge storage firm, though its product vary comprises greater than storage gadgets.
It focuses on high-quality options which might be assembled within the USA, utilizing applied sciences which might be customary for many Apple Macs and PC workstations.
Over the previous 12 months, we’ve seen a slew of inexpensive exterior drives that use NVMe NAND modules inside for max efficiency.
Most of those use the USB three.2 Gen 2 interface to allow speeds of as much as 1,000Mb/s to be achieved. However it’s attainable to go faster than that utilizing Thunderbolt three connections.
The brand new Glyph Atom Professional SSD does precisely that, promising to make the USB related drives appear like they’re caught within the sluggish lane.
Is it as speedy as Glyph guarantees, and is that additional velocity price the associated fee distinction to a USB resolution?
Glyph isn’t a enterprise trying to stack them excessive and promote them low-cost, so the comparatively excessive pricing of the Glyph Atom Professional collection received’t shock those that are acquainted with its merchandise.
The Atom Professional is manufactured in three capacities: 500GB, 1TB and 2TB.
Glyph doesn’t promote them immediately however by way of a world reseller channel, making precise pricing tough to pin down for any area.
On the time of writing the US prices on Amazon are $249.95, $399.95 and $699.95 respectively. And, within the UK these prices translate to £265.00, £388.06 and £805.89.
Calculating the associated fee per GB, the bigger capacities supply the perfect deal, usually.
These prices are very a lot in keeping with the comparable G-Know-how G-DRIVE cellular Professional, however costlier than the Sabrent ROCKET XTRM and Plugable Thunderbolt three Exterior SSD.
And, we’re not speaking a small distinction, Plugable presents its 2TB drive for a bit greater than the 1TB model of the Atom Professional, and Sabrent has a 4TB mannequin at Glyph’s 2TB pricing.
We’re certain that that Glyph would argue that the Atom Professional is healthier engineered and comes with a superior guarantee. However when it comes to pure worth for cash, the Glyph Atom Professional wouldn’t be our first alternative.
The scale of many NVMe-based exterior drives is restricted by the interior electronics since most of those are made utilizing the M.2 2280 type issue.
However the Atom is about the identical measurement because the traditional WD My Passport, or moderately it’s when cocooned inside its rubberised protecting bumper.
Whereas we respect that this cowl does afford important safety from drops, it additionally obscures the extra elegant type of the Atom Professional held inside.
If you wish to see the drive undressed, so to talk, getting it out isn’t that simple an train, nevertheless it’s a doddle in contrast with the reverse process.
Aside from the bodily safety that the quilt supplies it’s also the short-term residence of the brief Sort-C cable that slots right into a grove across the exterior.
The cable match is comfortable, and we’d watch out whenever you pull it out as a result of breaking a nail is a possible hazard. It’s about 20cm lengthy, ample for laptop computer use, however on the brief facet for connecting to a desktop PC.
When connected to the pc a small blue LED gentle flashes on the highest to point exercise, however as that is solid-state expertise, there isn’t any sound, and it didn’t get appreciably heat in use.
Typically exterior drive makers are coy about what is definitely inside their gadgets, as they may wish to change that specification sooner or later.
However we’re fairly assured that contained in the Atom Professional is a WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD, not that the proprietor might get it out and substitute it with one thing else, or a much bigger model.
If that’s the case, then it explains why the most important capability accessible in solely 2TB, and it additionally reveals the efficiency affect of connecting a PCIe gadget externally through Thunderbolt three.
The quoted speeds of the WD Black 1TB are three,430MB/s reads, and three,000MB/s writes, making the externally related Atom Professional about 20% slower than an internally related NVMe drive.
The opposite additional piece of data accessible is the TBW values of 300TB, 600TB and 1,200TB for the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities respectively. Based mostly on this, people who wish to use the drive to dump 4K video may wish to think about the bigger drive sizes for his or her better TBW together with the expanded house.
Efficiency and in use
Right here’s how the Glyph Atom Professional 1TB carried out in our suite of benchmark exams:
CrystalDiskMark: 2721MBps (learn); 2501MBps (write)
Atto: 2789MBps (learn, 256mb); 2276MBps (write, 256mb)
AS SSD: 2341MBps (seq learn); 2021MBps (seq write)
AJA: 2251MBps (learn); 1972MBps (write)
For Apple Mac homeowners which have a Thunderbolt three port, the Atom Professional could be immediately connected out of the field and be able to safe utilizing Time Machine, as it’s pre-formatted HFS+ with Journaling.
Evidently, Glyph perceives its core viewers as being Apple homeowners, and people who use a PC with Thunderbolt, like your reviewer, should reformat the drive earlier than they’ll use it.
Not like some rivals, Glyph doesn’t present any software program to make higher use of the drive, though Apple customers have their backup instrument of alternative inherently.
For PC customers, they should discover a general-purpose utility that may copy recordsdata throughout to the Atom Professional frequently, ideally instantly after the recordsdata are written to the host system.
Or, you may merely drag and drop recordsdata utilizing the usual file administration instruments in your laptop, no matter what OS it’s operating.
The Atom Professional is bought on velocity, and it actually trounces any USB related drive we’ve examined to date. And, till USB four.zero arrives, and the drives designed to take advantage of the additional bandwidth that may convey, Thunderbolt three drives just like the Glyph Atom are going to rule.
Our testing was achieved on the 1TB model, however Glyph doesn’t differentiate every measurement as having considerably completely different efficiency. Although, from our expertise, the bigger drives can have an incredible TBW (Complete Bytes Written) than the smaller capacities.
Glyph quotes learn speeds of as much as 2,800 MB/s and write speeds round 2,600MB/s which might be in keeping with the interior NVMe drives efficiency, exhibiting how environment friendly the Thunderbolt three interface could be.
No matter what benchmark we used, the efficiency was marginally much less the quoted numbers to various levels. The optimistic ones, like CrystalDiskMark 7.0a noticed default profiles scores of two,721 MB/s reads and a pair of,501 MB/s writes, the place AS SSD solely achieved 2,340 MB/s reads and a pair of,021MB/s writes.
We’d classify the AS SSD numbers are nearer to real efficiency, and the CrystalDiskMark real-world profile delivered even decrease numbers.
However, nonetheless you check the Atom Professional, it’s no less than twice the velocity of any USB related drive presently.
We must also say that the high-performance ranges you may expertise aren’t sustained, as a result of the underlying NVMe drives can’t hold pumping knowledge into the buffers at these speeds indefinitely.
Write a large enough file, and it’ll finally choke, and the velocity will drop to round 700MB/s or no matter worth the NAND modules can inherently settle for knowledge modifications.
And, paradoxically at that time, this drive will carry out identically to a USB related one constructed across the similar NVMe expertise.
In conclusion, the Atom Professional could be very fast for exterior storage, however it may well’t rewrite the inherent limitations of present NAND expertise.
It could be eye-wateringly costly, however the Atom Professional delivers on its velocity promise and portability. The protecting rubber shoe appears to be like one thing of an afterthought by the designers, nevertheless it protects the drive when it’s unceremoniously slung right into a laptop computer bag together with different peripherals.
If you’re a photographer and wish to safe media dumped on to a number laptop effectively the Atom Professional is undoubtedly the best way to go, assuming you aren’t utilizing the Thunderbolt three ports for an additional function.
It may additionally be helpful for videographers, however 1TB doesn’t appear a large enough capability for these working with 4K, or larger, decision recordsdata. They want no less than 2TB, and the Atom Professional presents that a lot house if their pockets are deep sufficient.
Nevertheless, some makers are providing 4TB drives, and Glyph hasn’t bought that but on this product.
Aside from the worth, the most important reservation we’ve got is that the drive received’t work in any respect with USB, even slowly.
That design alternative assumes that each machine that the proprietor makes use of has a Thunderbolt three port, and even with Apple Mac customers, that’s not a assure.
This connection limitation together with the pricing makes the Atom Professional a bit area of interest, although a pretty choice for these with the specified ports and the justification to personal one.