Designed & Built in the USA – High Performance Consumer/Prosumer 6Gb/s SandForce Processor-Based SSDs Offer Enterprise Level Warranty
June 6, 2011 Woodstock, IL — Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, today announced that the OWC Mercury EXTREME™ Pro 6G SSD line is the industry’s first SandForce processor-based 6Gb/s SATA Revision 3.0 SSD offering an enterprise-class level five year warranty.
Designed & Built in the USA – Highest Quality Components Ensure Longest Reliability
Designed and built in the USA, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD is backed by OWC’s industry leading warranty coverage because OWC SSDs utilise Tier 1/Grade A synchronous NAND flash. Built for high performance use in consumer/prosumer single drive production workstations and multi-drive RAID 0/1/10/SPAN configurations, the highly reliable OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSDs continue OWC’s history of offering the first Solid State Drive 30 day money back guarantee in the industry.
Five Year Warranty Covers All OWC Pro 6G SSDs
OWC is also retroactively extending two additional years of warranty coverage to owners of the Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G who purchased their drive beginning mid April 2011 when it was offered with a three year warranty. “We’re very pleased to offer the industry’s longest warranty coverage on the latest and fastest SSD data interface and make it retroactive on all purchases of our Extreme Pro 6G SSD,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “By building OWC Mercury SSDs with the best components and engineering processes available, we can offer consumers the best pre and post purchase assurances for the ultimate in SSD ownership confidence.”
Fastest SSDs on the Market
With prices starting at US$297.99, for consumers with a Mac or PC with the SATA Revision 2.0 (3Gb/s) data bus or the latest SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD offers the highest bandwidth potential with near bus saturating speed when installed in either interface. OWC benchmark testing confirms the Pro 6G SSD delivers up to 284MB/s sustained reads and 266MB/s writes in the SATA Revision 2.0 300MB/s max speed bus. Taking advantage of the SATA Revision 3.0 interface’s maximum bandwidth of 600MB/s, the Pro 6G SSD provides up to 559MB/s sustained reads and 527MB/s writes.
No Degradation in Data Transfer Speeds
Unlike other SSDs that offer fast read/write performance during first initial uses, but can then experience significant write speed degradation over repeated, long-term usage, independent tests by leading drive performance experts confirm the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 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 of the drive and without dependency on OS TRIM management. StorageReview awarded it ‘Editor’s Choice’ because it “cranks out chart topping scores throughout testing.” Barefeats called the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD “the fastest drive we’ve tested to date” and MacPerformanceGuide said “never before seen drive speeds….awesome!”
Up To 100X Greater Data Protection
By utilizing SandForce DuraClass™ technology, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G is able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives. By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology along with 7% over provisioning, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G provides RAID-like data protection and reliability.
Three Capacity Models Available Starting From US$297.99
Ideal for use in demanding performance-intensive applications such as Audio/Video editing, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, and graphics, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G line is qualified for use in consumer/prosumer single drive production workstations as well as multi-drive RAID 0/1/10/SPAN configurations, and is available with pricing starting at US$297.99:
· OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 120GB SSD – US$297.99
· OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 240GB SSD – US$569.99
· OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 480GB SSD – US$1279.99
For more information on the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD line, including Reseller inquiries, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Mercury_Extreme_Pro_6G/
The Most Comprehensive SSD Line For Macs And PCs
As the most comprehensive U. manufacturer of industry leading SandForce® processor based SSDs available today, OWC offers additional Mercury brand name SSDs for nearly every Mac and PC produced over the past decade in capacities from 40GB to 480GB starting from US$99.97. For more information on the complete OWC Mercury Pro SSD line, including expert reviews and user comments, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/
For more information on the OWC catalog of over 2,900 performance upgrades and accessories for Macs, PCs, and iDevices, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/
About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad® enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net.
OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 “Fast 50” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 “Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” list honoree 2007-2010; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award.
In March 2010, OWC’s corporate campus was designated as LEED® Platinum by the Green Building Certification Institute. Platinum is the highest achievable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program level, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. In September 2010, OWC’s headquarters earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® rating for building operations that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. For more information, see www.macsales.com.
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