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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 240GB Revisited

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Posted February 1, 2012 by Jake in Storage
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Introduction

We’ve seen SandForce-based solid state drives become very popular over the last couple of years, prices have continued to drop and consumers are taking notice of the impressive overall system boost that SSDs can offer. Today we will be taking a close look at the new top tier SSD offering from OWC, the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB. This drive may sound familiar and it should, as we reviewed it back in July of this year.

However, OWC has re-introduced this drive with a different controller and different NAND which essentially makes this a different drive all together. This updated version features a SandForce 2282 controller in place of the previous 2281 controller and Premium Toshiba 32nm toggle NAND in place of the previous Micron Sync 25nm NAND. Is this update going to make a difference to the drives performance? We shall see.

The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD is available in a 240GB capacity. Specifications list the 240GB as having up to 559MB/s read and 527MB/s write with 60,000 IOPS at 4k random write aligned disk access. The drive is TRIM compatible as well as backward compatible to SATA 2. The Drive comes with a 5 year warranty. The Drive is both PC and MAC compatible. OWC is so confident that you will love the drive they offer a 21 day return period in which you can return the drive for a FULL refund with NO restocking fee. Hey, you don’t see that every day. We know of no other manufacturer offering this kind of satisfaction guarantee.

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, and iPhone enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As an Apple Certified Developer, 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.

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