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OWC lowers price on 60GB Mercury Electra SSD

updated 07:50 pm EDT, Mon August 29, 2011

Up to 7x performance over hard drives

Other World Computing has announced that it is lowering the price of its entry-level 60GB Mercury Electra 6G solid-state drive. The drive uses the latest SSD technology and posts up to 556MB per second read times and 523MB per second sustain write times, more than seven times as fast as typical 5400 rpm hard drives. The drive comes in two versions (consumer and enterprise) and both are compatible with RAID 1 or SPAN configurations.

Real-world achievements are tempered in older models somewhat by the use of older SATA data busses, but the company says the Mercury Electra line can saturate any SATA speed bus including the latest SATA r3 (which offers up to six gigabits per second). OWC's line of SSDs use a technique called "seven percent provisioning" to manage data redundancies and keep the drives performing at peak speed throughout their useful like (non-TRIM SSDs often experience slowdowns over time).

The "enterprise" version, known as the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G, offers similar write and read speeds but is also configurable with RAID 0 and 10 as well RAID 1 and SPAN modes. Both the consumer and enterprise version of the drives are also available in capacities up to 480GB.

The drives are available now starting at $130, however OWC does not recommend users purchase the Mercury 6G SSD with the 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro due to an Apple issue, and also does not recommend using them in the 2008 MacBook Pro 15-inch due to its lower-speed SATA 1.0 bus. For both of those models, the company recommends the "3G" SSD drives it also sells.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. armwt

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    Joined: Aug 2006


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    Since the article was about a lower price, telling us WHAT the price is would be a nice touch.

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002


    bad experience

    one bad experience (does not a bad company make, but...)
    got an ssd drive from them. had trouble with it. they said they'd send a replacement. i had an idea and called them right back, guy helped me fix it on my hunch. guy said he would cancel the replacement. so what do they do? send the replacement anyway. said i had to pay for restocking and shipping to send it back.
    i was not happy. they finally said just send it back, i still pay shipping.
    no. i sold it on ebay.
    they wanted me to pay for something that was their s**** up. won't be doing business with them again.

  1. revco

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005


    me too

    >> they wanted me to pay for something that was their s**** up.
    >> won't be doing business with them again.

    Similar experience. They sent me a used dead FW800 PCIe card. It was supposed to be new. They wanted me to pay shipping BOTH ways for a replacement. That was 18 months ago. Used to buy a lot of stuff from them but now I shop elsewhere.

  1. Inkling

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jul 2006


    Happy with OWC

    I've been quite happy in my dealings with OWC. They offered to take back RAM I'd bought no questions asked even though the problem was probably at my end. And I'm delighted with the snappiness their Pro 3G, 60 Gb SSD has brought to my 4-year-old MacBook. That lets me delay going to a MacBook Air until Apple has a model with USB 3.0 and a more iPad-like battery life.

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