Samsung's next portable SSD is so fast it could help you shoot 8K and 12K video

Samsung T9 being held by a reviewer
(Image credit: Future / Duncan Robertson)

Samsung is launching a brand new external SSD that follows on from the popular T5 and T7 Series hard drives. Called the Samsung T9, the new hard drive comes in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities and has a quoted speed of up to 2,000MB/s.

The T9 Portable SSD will join the leagues of the best external hard drives for gaming since it can be used with Windows, Android, and Mac. Like any portable SSD however, you'll be able to format it to work as additional game storage for consoles, making it a new contender among the best PS5 external hard drives, and the best Xbox Series X external hard drives.

The T9 launches today, and the 1TB model costs £117.49. 2 terabytes will set you back £199.99, and the beefier 4TB model is priced at £362.79. We haven't been given confirmed US prices for the drive as of yet, but we'll update these when we hear more.

Samsung T9 portable SSD in its box

(Image credit: Future / Duncan Robertson)

The new Samsung Portable SSD T9 has a carbon pattern design, featuring USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface with max performance of up to 2,000MB/s. This updated interface gives it twice the speed of its predecessor, which launched back in 2020.

In the box, you get a USB-C to USB-A connection cable, as well as a USB-C to USB-C wire which will help you connect to more devices.

While portable SSDs like the T9 can be excellent for gaming thanks to their top-drawer speeds compared to HDD, Samsung notes that this device is perfect for content creators too. An increased TurboWrite buffer size of 180GB for the 4TB model helps to maximize performance, even if the drive is nearing capacity.

This TurboWrite feature aims to negate the problems that some other external SSDs have where they can only maintain their best performance for the initial capacity of the drive. TurboWrite is essentially a portable version of high-performance SLC found in the best SSDs for gaming. The 1TB version only has a 22GB buffer, however, and the 2TB features 88GB.

Samsung T9 next to its included connection cables on a black mouse mat

(Image credit: Future / Duncan Robertson)

This sustained write performance is even said to be geared at shooting 8K or 12K video, because in fairness, we're all doing that on a daily basis. As you'll no doubt know yourself, 8K and 12K footage can be extremely demanding on your digital storage, so the T9 should be a big help to you in that regard.

But of course, external hard drives also need to be sturdy, as recovering data from them after physical damage can be a tricky and expensive business. The T9 is said to be able to withstand falls from up to three meters (9.8 feet), and its aluminium body is coated in a rubberized material that helps keep it resistant to scratches.

If you're shopping for more portable storage, we've used our price comparison software down below to bring you the best prices in your area on some of our personal favorites.

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Duncan Robertson
Hardware Editor

Ever since playing Journey at the age of 15, I’ve been desperate to cover video games for a living. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Journalism, I contributed to the Scottish Games Network and completed an Editorial Internship over at Expert Reviews. Besides that, I’ve been managing my own YouTube channel and Podcast for the last 7 years. It’s been a long road, but all that experience somehow landed me a dream job covering gaming hardware. I’m a self-confessing PlayStation fanboy, but my experience covering the larger business and developer side of the whole industry has given me a strong knowledge of all platforms. When I’m not testing out every peripheral I can get my hands on, I’m probably either playing tennis or dissecting game design for an upcoming video essay. Now, I better stop myself here before I get talking about my favourite games like HUNT: Showdown, Dishonored, and Towerfall Ascension.
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