Monday, May 25th 2015

OWC Announces Accelsior S PCIe-SATA Riser Board

Other World Computing announced today the Accelsior S, a new PCIe card with direct mount support for a 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD. The latest addition to OWC's award-winning Accelsior line enables PC, Mac Pro tower and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users to quickly and easily add additional storage. Utilizing the robust PCIe architecture, the Accelsior S card offers both storage expansion and 6Gb/s speeds up to 550MB/s - more than double the performance of SATA 3Gb/s.

When equipped with the Accelsior S PCIe card and an SSD, Mac Pro tower and PC users can launch, capture, render and process I/O-intensive apps without long wait times. The Accelsior S PCIe card is also extremely easy to install - no drivers or software are required.
"The Accelsior S provides legacy Mac Pro, PC tower, and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users with storage expansion and a speed bump," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "This is a fantastic upgrade for the legacy Mac Pro, which is speed limited by its native SATA 3Gb/s architecture. The Accelsior S is fully equipped to support the flexibility and fullspeed of a cutting edge 6Gb/s OWC SSD."

Performance Plus Reliability
Backed by a 3-year limited warranty and OWC's award-winning US-based 24/7 technical support, OWC Accelsior S cards have been developed to deliver consistent reliability well into the future. The OWC Accelsior S is custom-engineered for use with PC, Mac Pro tower and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis.

Availability
OWC's new Accelsior S PCIe Card is now available for same day shipping from OWC. For more information on the OWC Accelsior S, visit this page.
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16 Comments on OWC Announces Accelsior S PCIe-SATA Riser Board

#1
TheGuruStud
Either I'm loony b/c it's 5 am or this thing is really dumb....
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#2
Hood
I think this is useful for those few people who want to boot a fast SSD on an older system with SATA2 ports. My brother really needs one for his Samsung 840 Pro on his Q6600/Socket 775 system. Not sure it's worth $60 though. He might not even notice the difference unless he's moving large sequential data. Maybe I'll get him one for Christmas, since he refuses to give up the old system..
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#3
Assimilator
$60 for a SATA-to-PCIe bridge card. Sounds about right for an Apple-focused product.
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#4
Caring1
TheGuruStudEither I'm loony b/c it's 5 am or this thing is really dumb....
I was thinking it's 5 years at least too late.
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#5
TheinsanegamerN
There definitely is a market for these things. My case has no 2.5" bays, and i could buy an adapter, but I could use this instead, and have no cables hanging inside the case at all. Also useful for those who dont have sata 3

Definetly about 5 years late though. and its $60. A m2 to pcie 3.0x4 card is only $28 on amazon, and allows for much higher throughput.
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#6
Basard
Caring1I was thinking it's 5 years at least too late.
Marketing it to Mac users.... everything for them is five years too late.
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#7
lZKoce
I am in this boat with my parent's PC and I didn't bother. I straight hooked up a SSD to the SATA2 port. And it works good enough in my opinion. It still is an interesting product, but not at 60 bucks. I'd probably wait for a cheap knock off on Ebay.
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#8
Ciric
I don't get this product.
Why not just buy a regulard pci-e SATA3 controller and be done with it :confused:
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#9
Hood
TheinsanegamerNThere definitely is a market for these things. My case has no 2.5" bays, and i could buy an adapter, but I could use this instead, and have no cables hanging inside the case at all. Also useful for those who dont have sata 3

Definetly about 5 years late though. and its $60. A m2 to pcie 3.0x4 card is only $28 on amazon, and allows for much higher throughput.
Trouble is, most of those PCs have only PCIe 2.0, or possibly 1.0? So this riser card is their best bet , except for the high price. For that price, maybe it's time for a new modern system with all the latest port speeds, instead of throwing away more money on an obsolete system (done it more times than I care to remember).
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#10
R-T-B
HoodTrouble is, most of those PCs have only PCIe 2.0, or possibly 1.0? So this riser card is their best bet , except for the high price. For that price, maybe it's time for a new modern system with all the latest port speeds, instead of throwing away more money on an obsolete system (done it more times than I care to remember).
I use a PCIe 2.0 x2 SATA3 card just fine and it doesn't limit bandwidth much, if at all. Cost me about $15.
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#11
Uplink10
I would rather use this:
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816124045

But I do agree that OWC's solution is very convenient for HTPCs without M.2 slot and also for NAS PCs which have too few slots and you could put in this PCIe-SATA Riser board and in it HDD with OS. But at that price they can forget about all that.
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#12
RCoon
What a terrible name

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#13
bonehead123
Given the target market, it will be useful for those people who have the older systems.

But it's STILL way too late, they should have brought this card out asap after SSD's became available at the consumer level, then they would have sold a buttload of them right off the bat :)
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#14
yogurt_21
bonehead123Given the target market, it will be useful for those people who have the older systems.

But it's STILL way too late, they should have brought this card out asap after SSD's became available at the consumer level, then they would have sold a buttload of them right off the bat :)
No I'm with uplink10 on this, get a sata 3 PCIe 2.0 card for a fraction of the cost or a raid controller. this is dumb. The only way it makes sense is if you are completely out of drive bays AND you're on a legacy system. At which point maybe its time to ditch some of the legacy items in favor of ssd space. Because in the link he posted, you get 2 ports to 1 card, this only gives you 1. Plus depending on the ssd cost + the 60$ you spend on the converter, you might just be better off getting the PCIe SSD anyways.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W02KN0897


mo speed = mo better even on a legacy system.
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#15
timta2
It makes more sense when you realize it's only $18 more expensive than OWC's cheapest SATA PCIe card, and it's not like you can take any old card and put it in a Mac.

Sure their prices are higher than Newegg, Amazon, etc, but you'd have to work hard to find a better small business to do business with. It's the kind of place where you can call without being put on hold and instantly talk to someone who knows the products they sell.
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#16
R-T-B
One thing OWC used to have was they could advertise powerpc compatability, a totally nontrivial acomplishment. I really doubt they bother to test on powerpcs anymore though, especially given the only one that even had PCIe slots were very late model high end g5s...
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