updated 06:10 pm EDT, Fri August 20, 2010
OWC Extreme Pro SSD 40GB cracks price barrier
OWC finished the week this afternoon by cracking a price barrier with the Mercury Extreme Pro. The new 40GB hits the $100 price mark but still uses a high-speed SandForce memory controller that should make it the fastest at its price. Read and write speeds can both last as high as 260MB per second, a speed normally reserved for larger capacity but also much more expensive drives.
The low capacity makes it ideal for desktops that need a fast boot drive and will hold most of their content on a second disk; OWC has an optional mounting kit to fit the 2.5-inch drive into 3.5-inch desktop drive bays or into a full 5.25-inch front bay like that in the Mac Pro. The company claims that the drive's speed won't degrade as it fills up, like with most SSDs, and that it's allegedly more efficient than using the TRIM command to optimize unused space.
Although targeted at Mac users, the Mercury Extreme Pro still works with Windows PCs and supports any system with an SATA connection. It should be available today and doesn't displace any of the existing line, which scales up to 480GB.