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OWC Ships SSDs with SandForce SF-1232

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OWC's Mercury Extreme Pro line uses the new SandForce SF-1232 processor.

Other World Computing (OWC) said Friday that its new line of internal SATA 2.5-inch Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs have officially launched. The SSDs will be the first to use the new SandForce SF-1232 processor which supports the largest SandForce-based SSD capacity to date--480GB. Prices range from $194.99 to $1,679.99, depending on the model.

OWC divided the Mercury Extreme Pro line into two groups: the "prosumer" and "enterprise level." For the former category, the "Pro" drives come in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. The enterprise-level, RAID-Ready "Pro RE" series consists of drives with 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB capacities. All eight models are PC and Macintosh compatible, and will even fit into a desktop scenario by using an optional multi-mount adapter kit, sold separately.

"We’re quite pleased to be the first SSD maker to commence regular shipping of the largest capacity, performance leading SandForce-based processor SSD on the market," said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Now with models from 50GB to the new 480GB, our high performance Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs are available with capacity and price points for every type of Mac and PC user."

OWC said that the drives offer data rates up to 285MB/s, SandForce DuraClass technology with Ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling, ECC and SandForce RAISE technology, AES-128 encryption, and more. All eight models can be purchased directly from OWC here.

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    Simple11 , July 16, 2010 7:56 PM
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    A bit pricey for me.


    Welcome to SSDs?
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    lutel , July 16, 2010 7:57 PM
    but will it blend ?
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    dogofwars , July 16, 2010 7:54 PM
    A bit pricey for me.
  • 18 Hide
    Simple11 , July 16, 2010 7:56 PM
    Quote:
    A bit pricey for me.


    Welcome to SSDs?
  • 17 Hide
    lutel , July 16, 2010 7:57 PM
    but will it blend ?
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    Computerrock1 , July 16, 2010 8:04 PM
    Expensive
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    grieve , July 16, 2010 8:29 PM
    just gotta keep it on the wish list.. for now.
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    grieve , July 16, 2010 8:29 PM
    lutelbut will it blend ?

    I am certain is will
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    meat81 , July 16, 2010 8:49 PM
    what is the expected life for these things. Hate to spend all that money knowing ssd's die a slow death. Is this still the case?
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    mdillenbeck , July 16, 2010 9:03 PM
    Yes they are expensive - but so were BD Burners, DVD Burners, CD Burners, HDD, and so on and so forth when they first came out. The question is do you need the kind of performance these would give?

    The more I read, the more I find that HD video editing benefits from source disks that can maintain their throughput speeds. Hard disks drop in performance while SSDs sustain their speeds. That is one scenario where these would benefit (and if you are willing to drop $3k to $150+k on a camera, what is a few thousand for some source drives).
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    geofry , July 16, 2010 9:41 PM
    I've got a pair of the orange 60gb (don't remember the model) OCZ SSDs in RAID 0 and they've been running pretty much non-stop in my main computer for a couple of years now, and they are still running fast. I leave BOINC running 24/7 in the winter (keeps the house warm) so they've seen some use.

    After 3 years I generally start looking for HD replacements and sell off my old stuff. I don't see them dying before then. I will most definitely be replacing them with updated drives (larger/faster) as I'd probably want to kill myself if I went back to slow and loud 10k spinners.
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    mayne92 , July 16, 2010 9:42 PM
    I'm yet to buy into the SSD era...
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    freiheitner , July 16, 2010 10:18 PM
    What's the difference from the SF-1200 to the SF-1232? Anyone know? Their existing 1200-based drives had the same transfer speeds and capacities but started at $199 (now $5 less).
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    joytech22 , July 16, 2010 11:44 PM
    meat81what is the expected life for these things. Hate to spend all that money knowing ssd's die a slow death. Is this still the case?


    They don't really die like they used to, now we have TRIM and garbage collection which keeps the SSD at peak performance (or close) for as long as possible, with this, SSD's can now last for 20-100 years unless something stupid happens..
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    jecastej , July 17, 2010 1:02 AM
    I know I want one of this for OS and apps, but I need at least 80-100 mb and I am waiting for prices to go down a bit more. 3D is not to demanding for HD speeds, but overall it will be nice. For video editing after render I will need another drive.
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    shin0bi272 , July 17, 2010 2:09 AM
    MDillenbeckYes they are expensive - but so were BD Burners, DVD Burners, CD Burners, HDD, and so on and so forth when they first came out.


    The problem is the ssd has been out for 10 years now and are just now becoming affordable... do you really want to wait another 10 years for them to be standard and/or cheap?
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    dEAne , July 17, 2010 8:53 AM
    Yeah cool but very expensive for an average consumer.
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    qhoa1385 , July 17, 2010 11:05 AM
    I NEED 10 OF THOSE!
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    enzo matrix , July 17, 2010 12:24 PM
    jecastejI know I want one of this for OS and apps, but I need at least 80-100 mb

    Wow, you only need that much space? You must be running puppy linux or something! I'm happy to tell you that for $100 you can buy SSDs with 320X that capacity :p 
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    pojih , July 17, 2010 6:19 PM
    lutelbut will it blend ?


    SSD smoke, Don't breathe this!
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    lauxenburg , July 17, 2010 8:07 PM
    I think Tom's is getting paid to do this article. There's absolutely nothing special about it and I swear I never heard of OWC before. Publicity article?
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    cmartin011 , July 17, 2010 10:29 PM
    more competition the better right?
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