OWC’s New Award-Winning ThunderBay Flex 8 Powerhouse Solution Now Shipping

Industry-first Thunderbolt™ 3 storage, docking, and PCIe expansion solution for digital imaging, VFX, video production, and video editing professionals is available now.

Jul 8, 2020 | WOODSTOCK, IL


OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected providers of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC docking solutions and performance upgrade kits, today announced that their new ThunderBay Flex 8 media workflow solution, revealed at CES 2020, is now shipping. A cutting-edge approach for world class Thunderbolt 3 storage, dollar for dollar, there is no better way for serious media professionals to handle their storage, connectivity, and PCIe expansion needs.

The exciting new ThunderBay Flex 8 is a recipient of the 2020 Future Best of Show Award, presented by Video Edge. Video Edge awarded the ThunderBay Flex 8 their Special Edition Best of Show Award in the store, charge and connect category. The awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. A Special Edition of the award program was held this year in the absence of a physical NAB Show.

Get it done Faster, Better and Cheaper

Fix three bugs with one line of code and turn your Mac into a supercomputer with this highly configurable workhorse for high-end video, VFX, on-set DIT, and finishing work. It’s blazing fast storage, a dock, and PCI expansion combined into a next gen form factor.

The OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 simplifies complex storage and expansion needs for serious professionals into a single easy to configure, adaptable solution. Your Mac will never be unprepared for a client job again.

Flexible Storage

  • Eight drive bays: maximize 3.5” SATA/SAS1 bays for up to 128TB of capacity
  • Future ready: top four bays can alternately use U.2 SSDs and you can create a hybrid config with real world speeds up to 2750 MB/s
  • Powerfully easy RAID: Easily design your RAID config to your exact specs with SOFTRAID

Docking Flexibility

  • Connect more: (1) USB-C and (2) USB-A 10Gb/s ports for peripherals and mobile devices
  • See more: DisplayPort 1.4 for connecting up to an 8K display4
  • Fast media ingest: front-side SD 4.0 and CFexpress card readers with up to 985MB/s speed
  • Do more: second Thunderbolt 3 port3 for daisy chaining devices or additional display(s)

Flexpandable for Unique Needs

  • Pick your card: (1) PCIe slot for audio/video capture, networking, SSD storage, hardware RAID card, or I/O card

Perfect for:

  • In house post pros who need their Mac to do be able to do it all
  • DIT’s in the field with serious storage and performance needs
  • The work from home high performance editor with demanding clients and serious deadlines
  • High end VFX artists with 4K EXR, DPX delivery needs
  • Serious colorists and finishing professionals who need a fast Mac, connectivity AND storage

Flex your storage however you need to

OWC suggests four sample configurations to make the most of the extraordinary highlights that have made our solutions the choice of performance enthusiasts and cinematographers around the world:


Flex 8 DIY Enclosure

Add your own drives and PCIe card for the flexibility to configure, and reconfigure, for a solution as unique as your project and data needs.


Flex 8 HDD

Ideal for RAW, 4K, large format, and VR workflows. Arrives pre-set with RAID 5 speed and protection.


Flex 8 - 4 SSD x 4 HDD

Get the best of both worlds: a blazing-fast, high-capacity SSD RAID 0 project drive for large-format, multi-stream workflows along with the added long-term storage security of an HDD RAID 5.


Flex 8 - 1+7

Ingest and edit live on a hyper-fast U.2 SSD or use the drive as a swappable transport for fast lab processing while being able to edit and store entire projects on the ultra-capacity HDD RAID 5 array.

Includes SoftRAID: Easy and Complete Drive Management

Optimize and protect your data with SoftRAID for Mac and Windows. SoftRAID makes RAID creation easy, no matter which type you need. Configure your preference of speed, size, and/or redundancy for your volume and start working. It’s that simple.

Built for future standards

Right out of the packaging, all eight bays can utilize SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-inch SSDs or 3.5-inch HDDs. The top four bays are NVMe U.2 SSD ready which means your ThunderBay Flex 8 will be future proofed against whatever future workflow the world throws at you.

Life on-set just got lighter and easier

Sending big drives to and from set is tedious, heavy and expensive. The OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 is compatible with the OWC u.2 NVME interchange System (sold separately). This allows you to keep your Flex 8 on set as you easily swap your drives to and from post with easy to transport containers that prevent costly wear and tear on your unit.

Detach but stay connected

Eject the ThunderBay Flex 8 drives and any external drives in a single click with the free OWC Dock Ejector app. It ensures all data has been written before any drive is unmounted to protect against data loss. It will even warn you from accidentally ejecting an in-use drive.

Flexpandable for Unique Needs

By removing the enclosure’s side panel, you can expand your capabilities by installing a half-length, full-height, single-width expansion card in the PCIe x16 connector/x4 lanes slot. Typical uses for this for professionals are an i/o card, 10G networking card, additional NVME storage, SATA/SAS or other connectivity cards. The sky is truly the limit.

“The OWC team designed and engineered the ThunderBay Flex 8 with great feedback and insight from all of the guys and gals out in the field working on high-level endeavors and creations married to an expert understanding what the future held in terms of new standards and opportunities to meet these user’s needs beyond imagined expectations,” said Larry O’Connor, OWC Founder and CEO. “We continuously strive to provide the very best for all of our users, so that they can do their best and not have to worry or even think twice about their connections and storage while they are working. With OWC, user’s works are safe, and we are excited to offer this new industry standard in the ThunderBay Flex 8, to be an even bigger and better part of the creative process. We are also absolutely thrilled to have received the Video Edge Special Edition Best of Show Award in the store, charge and connect category. Being validated by our customers and with industry recognition means the world to all of us at OWC."

"OWC’s new ThunderBay Flex 8 provides a leading-edge storage and connectivity approach in utilizing Thunderbolt™ 3 capabilities,” said Jason Ziller, General Manager, Client Connectivity Division at Intel. “It is exciting to see OWC continue to push the limits of what’s possible with yet another innovative solution for their customers."

The ThunderBay Flex 8 comes with the same world-class experience you have come to expect with all OWC products:

  • Plug and play with no drivers needed and includes Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • Free lifetime US-based support
  • Worry-free ownership with up to 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty

Pricing & Availability

The ThunderBay Flex 8 integrated storage, docking and PCIe expansion solution is now available at and other online retailers, from 0GB enclosure (add your own drives) or from 16TB to 128TB solutions. Pricing is from $1,299.00.


About OWC

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability – OWC solutions are genuinely built to last, go the distance, and enable users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC's operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with its headquarters among the first in the world awarded LEED Platinum certification. OWC features an award-winning technical support team and an unparalleled library of step-by-step DIY and informational videos. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set, and beyond, there should be no compromise. That is why OWC is here.

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