Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Icy News: OWC 60GB SSD at $130 or $2.2/GB

"Other World Computing announced the $129.99 MSRP 60GB capacity model to its built in the USA OWC Mercury Electra 6G Solid State Drive line.

Offering a lower starting price point, the SandForce Driven 6Gb/s 60GB capacity OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD utilizes quality components, including Tier 1/Grade A NAND, to deliver 556MB/s read and 523MB/s write sustained data rates for over 7X faster performance than a standard factory hard drive found in Mac and PC computers.

Two Consumer/Prosumer Models
in Seven Capacities Starting at $129.99
OWC Mercury 6G SSDs come in two models (Mercury Electra 6G and Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G) offering seven capacities from 60GB to 480GB, priced starting at $129.99.
Mercury Electra 6G SSD: offers over 500MB/s sustained data rate performance of a 6G SSD for high speed personal computing, home office environments, gaming, and production workstations, but is priced like a 3G SSD. In addition to single drive use, it can be incorporated into a RAID 1 or SPAN configuration and is available for ordering in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities.
Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD: offers prosumers and A/V, photography, and graphic production professionals professional grade SSD performance with over 500MB/s sustained data rates and up to 479MB/s incompressible data rates. In addition to single drive use, it can be incorporated into a RAID 0, 1, 10 or SPAN configuration, and is available for ordering in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities.
"Our newest 60GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD is priced aggressively to offer one of lowest price points on the market for one of the highest performance SSD available," said Larry O‚Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Then factor in our best in class warranty coverage and support services reputation and it‚s safe to say this new model represents the best value on the market for a 6G based SSD".

Maximizes Computer's 1.5G, 3G, Or 6Gb/s Data Bus
Whether a consumer has a Mac or PC with the SATA Revision 2.0 (3Gb/s) data bus or the latest SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface, the OWC Mercury 6G SSD line is able to deliver near bus saturating speed when installed in either interface. OWC benchmark testing confirms OWC Mercury 6G SSDs delivers sustained data rates over 275MB/s in the '3G's' 300MB/s max speed bus. Taking advantage of '6G's' interface‚s maximum bandwidth of 600MB/s, Mercury 6G SSDs provide up to 559MB/s sustained reads and 527MB/s writes.

Doesn't Slow Down With Use Like Ordinary SSDs
Ordinary SSDs offer fast read/write performance during first initial uses, but can then experience significant write speed degradation over repeated, long-term usage. Independent simulation tests by drive performance experts confirm OWC Mercury SSDs‚ efficient block management, wear leveling technologies, and real-time data redundancies enable high performance and extreme reliability, both of which are maintained over long-term intensive use.

Up To 100X Greater Data Protection
Thanks to SandForce DuraClass technology, OWC Mercury 6G SSDs are able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as enterprise class hard disk drives. By combining ECC and SandForce RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology along with 7% over provisioning reserve/overhead flash allocation, OWC Mercury 6G SSDs provide RAID like data protection and reliability in a single drive application.

Risk-Free 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee
OWC is extending its 30-Day Money Back Guarantee to include the new Mercury Electra 6G 60GB model. If a consumer is not completely satisfied with any OWC Mercury 6G SSD for any reason, they need to contact OWC's Customer Service department - which offers 24/7 Live Chat support - to request a full refund." - via

Our friends over at OWC are bringing the price of SSDs down without sacrificing performance. With their own line of SSDs the OWC Mercury Electra 6G Solid State Drive will run you about $130 or $2.2/GB. The price per gigabyte is lower than many other SSDs on the market today. Let us know what you think about OWC's new SSD.

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