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OWC Announces the Mercury Accelsior PCIe Solid State Drive

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Other World Computing (OWC) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, today introduced the OWC Mercury Accelsior, the industry's first both Mac-bootable and PC-bootable, fully supported PCIe SSD card.

By utilizing the fastest data interface available in a Mac Pro or PC-the PCIe slot-the Mercury Accelsior offers nearly 3x the performance vs. an SSD in a SATA 2.0 3 Gb/s drive bay with well beyond even 6 Gb/s speeds of up to 780 MB/s. Now owners of PCs and Apple Mac Pros can stop waiting for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process; and can experience near instantaneous booting and application launches. The Mercury Accelsior will be highlighted along with other OWC storage solutions in booth #SL14110 during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show being held this week in Las Vegas.

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omg its so expensive
 

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960 GB (2 x 500 GB for 1.0 TB total flash) $2,179.99

for that price you could already build a monster rig
 
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Is this PR complete bullshit?

Now owners of PCs and Apple Mac Pros can stop waiting for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process;
How is this SSD going to help RENDER and PROCESS? These are CPU tasks.

By utilizing the fastest data interface available in a Mac Pro or PC-the PCIe slot-the Mercury Accelsior offers nearly 3x the performance vs. an SSD in a SATA 2.0 3 Gb/s drive bay with well beyond even 6 Gb/s speeds of up to 780 MB/s.
What BS is that? The SF-2200/2100 controllers are SATA controllers. So what this device is, is nothing more than a simple RAID 0 PCI card with mSATA slots for mSSD modules, set up to be transparent to the user/mainboard/OS.

...and that is how it is compatible with Macs. It is basically a SATA controller with onboard mSSD slots.

OW goes down in my perception of brand-trust. FAIL PR guys... go fall on sword... and OMG this is expensive for 2x standard mSSD devices.
 
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omg its so expensive
PCI-e based SSDs are expensive, right now the only alternatives on newegg are OCZ's RevoDrive 3 series, the 120gb version of which has a base model of $380 (though after rebate and coupon code it would be closer to $300) but $90 premium for upgradable modules isn't really unthinkable. But even compared to the based model RevoDrive 3 (and not the more X2 model) this OWC model does have slower max read/write speeds of 758/743 mb/s vs 975/875 mb/s despite both using the SF2281. Surely that's not all down to firmware?

The 240gb RevoDrive 3 series is also cheaper with current deals online can be found for almost $430 compared to $550 when they launch the 240gb model in May. For that price, I'd bet you could get the X2 model on some kind of deal, and that thing is rated at 1.5 gb/s max read and 1.2gb/s max write and up to 200,000 IOPS in 4KB random write...so quite a difference...

But from there the price at least gets a bit more in OWC's favor as newegg is charging $1070 (with the current 15% promo), but that's still $140 more than OWC's new 480gb model. And the 960gb model is $2167 after 15% promo vs OCW's $2095. So that's still more expensive and without the ability to upgrade the modules with faster or higher density sticks. Also that 15% deal ends in a few days, in which case those prices climb up quite a bit. Newegg does have $30 rebate cards on each as well, but factor those in at your own risk given the number of reviews as of late with people not receiving them on OCZ SSDs....

But really, these PCI-e SSDs are insanely fast once you get into your OS, but don't forget the delay that they add on post. Initializing a raid controller like this is going to add a good 15-30 seconds to your boot time if not more, so don't expect lightning fast boot times because it'll be slower than a cheapo SATA SSD once you factor that in. But really, remarkable tech and I think this innovation is good.

On a note for OWC, I've got two mac book air's I've upgraded from the stock apple SSDs (one was toshiba controller and the other was samsung) to the 180GB OWC/SF 1222 SSDs sticks and they have been solid. Performance has been excellent and consistent, and they were kind enough to throw in a USB enclosure so my old stick could become a handy external drive :laugh:
 
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