Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Icy News: 30GB 3Gb SATA SSD for $68 or $2.3/GB at OW

"Other World Computing (OWC) announced the addition of its lowest-cost SSD line.
The OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G SSD combines SandForce, Inc.'s technologies and Tier 1/Grade A NAND to deliver data rates over 275MB/s in a noiseless, more reliable form factor over conventional magnetic hard disk drives. 

Designed and manufactured in the U.S. with imported parts, the new OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G 30GB SSD's $67.99 MSRP makes it one of the lowest-priced, high-performance SSDs on the market.

Maximizes Computer's 3G Data Bus
Consumers using a Mac or PC equipped with the Serial ATA data bus will find the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G 30GB is able to deliver near bus saturating speed. Independent tests have confirmed the OWC Mercury EXTREME 3G SSDs deliversustained data rates over 275MB/s and provide significant benefits in overall system responsiveness and sustained workflow.

No Slow Down With Repeated Use
While ordinary SSDs initially offer fast read/write performance; they experience significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. Independent simulation tests conducted by drive performance experts like MacPerformanceGuide confirm OWC Mercury SSD's ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy, long-term usage without dependency on less-than-effective OS TRIM management...." -via StorageNewsletter

With OWC releasing their newest SSD, it seems pretty interesting given the second feature. The no slow down with use sounds nice, but will it be able to do so when consumers put it to the test? If it does and this is the future, how will the market look like? Let us know!

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