OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 120GB
The single biggest bottleneck in modern systems is indeed the traditional plattered hard drive, and using an SSD in your system will make such a difference that you’ll want to cry if faced with having to use an HDD afterwards. No exaggeration, the speed boost is that pronounced and alluring.
As we’ve seen with several new SSDs, the SandForce controller is a force to be reckoned with. The technology produces some astonishingly impressive performance results, though it does come with a stiff price tag. The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro, for example, retails for approximately $320 USD for a 120GB capacity, slightly more expensive than its competitors in this segment. It does, however, come with a 5 year warranty, whereas the other companies generally offer only 3 years in comparison. So that bit of additional peace of mind does account for the price premium.
In terms of performance, the Mercury Extreme Pro manages to produce excellent small file and random write performance that is truly impressive. And that is exactly the type of speed you want in a drive running your operating system and applications. The OWC drive clearly muscled its way near the top of the performance heap in just about every test we tossed its way, leaving us suitably impressed.
With OWC’s excellent attention to customer service, their impressive 5 year warranty, and absolutely killer performance, we have no hesitation in recommending the Mercury Extreme Pro as a top SSD if you’re looking to jump into the fast lane with your PC.
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro