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OWC Has First Fully Mac & PC Supported Bootable PCIe SSD

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Other World Computing has introduced the OWC Mercury Accelsior, the industry’s first both Mac-bootable and PC-bootable, fully supported PCIe SSD card.

The OWC has released its Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card, which is bootable on both the Mac Pro and PC without the need for drivers. The OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card is AHCI compliant, so no drivers are required for a truly Plug and Play solution. The Mercury Accelsior utilizes a 2.0 compliant x4 PCIe slot for maximum speed, but can be used in older systems using PCIe 1.0 with a performance penalty.

The Mercury Accelsior uses dual LSI SandForce SF-2281 series processors with 7 percent over provisioning, along with 24 nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Toggle-Synchronous NAND Flash memory. The custom SandForce Driven Accelsior SSD blades are available in capacities of 64 GB up to 512 GB via a special mini PCIe-style slots on the SSD card. This design will allow users to upgrade to larger Mercury Accelsior SSD blades in the future. OWC lists the sequential performance of the Mercury Accelsior to be up to 780 MB/s read and 648 MB/s write. The card offers random 4K performance of up to 100,000 IOPS for both read and writes.

The Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card is available for immediate ordering in the following SSD capacities:

  • 120 GB (2 x 64 GB for 128 GB total flash) @ $399.99
  • 240 GB (2 x 128 GB for 256 GB total flash) @ $549.99 (available in early May)
  • 480 GB (2 x 256 GB for 512 GB total flash) @ $979.99
  • 960 GB (2 x 500 GB for 1.0 TB total flash) @ $2,179.99

 

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    dgingeri , April 19, 2012 2:30 PM
    It'd be cheaper to get an enterprise level raid controller with 512MB of cache and a couple regular SSDs, and get more available ports, and probably better performance.
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    drwho1 , April 19, 2012 2:46 PM
    saw this on another site, looks promising, but this technology is still in its infancy.
    still I like to watch this technology mature.
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    drwho1 , April 19, 2012 2:47 PM
    here is the review: http://thessdreview.com/latest-buzz/owc-releases-first-fully-bootable-pcie-ssd-for-mac-and-pc/
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    halcyon , April 19, 2012 3:26 PM
    Nice. One of these may find a way into my 2010 Mac Pro and replace the 2 x 120GB Vertex2's in software RAID 0. Needed? No, I'll check, but pretty sure...no...not needed. ...but it my get me slightly closer to getting things done yesterday.
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    kaisellgren , April 19, 2012 3:26 PM
    Nice to see bootable PCI-E SSDs. We are pretty much limited by SATA 3 at this point, so with PCI-E we can pass that limit... at least to some extent. :) 
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    halcyon , April 19, 2012 3:34 PM
    The idea that this is simply usable in both Macs and PCs almost makes me HAVE to have it. ...at least that's what I'll be telling myself.
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    hannibal , April 19, 2012 6:04 PM
    This is actually guite cheap for PCI-E ssd... Maybe we will see some competition allso in this segment soon?
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    thebigt42 , April 19, 2012 7:19 PM
    amdfreakWould be great if OWC would be the first to introduce the hardware support for RAID over PCI-E SSDs

    Still waiting on Super Talent's Raid 0 with 4 drive card
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/RAIDDrive-upStream-PCIe-SSD-SSD-SandForce,14974.html
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    __-_-_-__ , April 19, 2012 8:56 PM
    actually this is very reasonable priced (concerning pci-e ssd's ofc...)
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    halcyon , April 19, 2012 9:54 PM
    This looks like it performs very similarly to a RevoDrive 3
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    alidan , April 20, 2012 1:48 AM
    dgingeriIt'd be cheaper to get an enterprise level raid controller with 512MB of cache and a couple regular SSDs, and get more available ports, and probably better performance.


    not by much, if at all cheaper, at those price points.
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    halcyon , April 20, 2012 4:14 PM
    amdfreakWould be great if OWC would be the first to introduce the hardware support for RAID over PCI-E SSDs

    I don't follow. OCZ's RevoDrives have hardware RAID 0...or did I misunderstand what you're posting?
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    WyomingKnott , April 20, 2012 8:08 PM
    Funny. The 120 GB model is only 1/3 more expensive than the 128 GB SSD I bought for my machine. Of course, I bought it quite a while ago...