OWC has expanded its portfolio of stackable storage products with the miniStack STX Thunderbolt hub xpansion, which it calls “the world’s first certified Thunderbolt 4 storage”. It is compact storage that matches the size and appearance of your Apple Mac mini. Of course, it can also be used with other Thunderbolt or USB-equipped systems such as desktops and laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets.
The universal hard drive and solid state drive bay can accommodate HDDs up to 14 TB. In addition, there is an M.2 slot for NVMe-enabled SSDs. The stackable storage drives can be combined into a RAID 1 array. Transfer rates are up to 770 MB/s. According to the manufacturer, this is enough for editing videos, photos, audio, running virtual machines, and day-to-day data backup and sharing. Cooling of drives is provided by an aluminum heatsink and a fan.
The second feature of the OWC miniStack STX is to expand your connectivity to a wide variety of external devices with three USB-C compatible Thunderbolt 4 ports. Thanks to them, you can build three independent chains. Disconnecting or connecting in one of them does not affect the operation of devices in other chains. You can use separately sold USB-C to USB-A cables to connect devices equipped with a USB-A port. In total, you can connect up to five Thunderbolt devices, up to three USB devices, and up to two displays. There is also support for up to 60 watts to charge your laptop or mobile device.
OWC miniStack STX price and availability
The OWC miniStack STX Thunderbolt hub xpansion stackable storage pricing starts from $479 with a minimum configuration of 1 TB NVMe SSD and goes up to $679 for 18 TB NVMe SSD. It can be purchased via Bhphotovideo.com, and a Thunderbolt cable is included.
Recently, OWC announced the Accelsior 8M2, a new PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD. The device supports PCIe Gen3 and Gen4 and boasts staggering performance of up to 26,000MB/s and storage capacities of up to 64TB. For a staggering price of $12,999, the most premium variant 64TB includes eight 8TB M.2 NVMe SSDs.