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OWC Introduces Fast, Cheap 275MB/s SSD for $68

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OWC released a new SSD for PCs and Macs, which the company describes as the cheapest high-performance SSD on the market.

For $68, the Mercury Extreme Pro 3G drive is good for a sustained data read rate of up to 275 MB/s, according to OWC. The downside: you don't get much capacity as the drive has a capacity of just 30 GB. the manufacturer also promises that the Extreme Pro 3G is "up to 100x" better in "data protection" than "ordinary SSDs" as it integrates "RAID-like" reliability.

For Mac users, the 2.5-inch drive includes a firmware updater should the software need an update in the future. the company offers a 3.5-inch case adapter for $3. The Extreme drive is also available in flavors of 40, 60, 115, 240 and 480 GB with prices ranging from $88 to $860.

The 6G versions are available from 60 GB to 480 GB for $130 to $895.

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    pacioli , September 27, 2011 4:37 PM
    I've been paying $1.50/Gb for SSDs on sale since January. $2/Gb does not excite me.
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    lashabane , September 27, 2011 4:33 PM
    Seen the price tag and knew it was going to be small.
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    jwcalla , September 27, 2011 4:45 PM
    It's a good drive, but at $2 / GB it isn't "cheap" relative to the rest of the industry.
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    LongLiveRock1974 , September 27, 2011 4:29 PM
    Just big enough to install Rage.
  • 17 Hide
    lashabane , September 27, 2011 4:33 PM
    Seen the price tag and knew it was going to be small.
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    pacioli , September 27, 2011 4:37 PM
    I've been paying $1.50/Gb for SSDs on sale since January. $2/Gb does not excite me.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 27, 2011 4:44 PM
    too small for me
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    jwcalla , September 27, 2011 4:45 PM
    It's a good drive, but at $2 / GB it isn't "cheap" relative to the rest of the industry.
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    CaedenV , September 27, 2011 4:50 PM
    man, when the solid3 60GB is $80 after rebates and has 2x the size and performance it really make this seem rather overpriced...
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    WyomingKnott , September 27, 2011 5:07 PM
    '"RAID-like" reliability.'

    Either it's got 60 GB of space and is storing two copies of everything you write for a RAID 1, or this is ignorant market-speak. Or the RAID that they mean is RAID 0.
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    mr_nuke_me , September 27, 2011 5:08 PM
    Huh? If you look well enough, you can find the Crucial m4 for $100. The OWC is not "cheap".
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    mr_nuke_me , September 27, 2011 5:08 PM
    The 64GB Crucial m4, that is.
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    theuniquegamer , September 27, 2011 5:29 PM
    too small size to be a boot drive w7 64bit.
    Cheap means 1 or 1.25$ per gB not more than $2/gB. Speed is not so fast for a ssd.
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    larkspur , September 27, 2011 5:31 PM
    WyomingKnott'"RAID-like" reliability.' Either it's got 60 GB of space and is storing two copies of everything you write for a RAID 1, or this is ignorant market-speak. Or the RAID that they mean is RAID 0.


    Nah, they would be using something more similar to RAID-5.
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    cknobman , September 27, 2011 5:35 PM
    LOL I just picked up a Corsair 120GB Force 3 from the Egg for $135 after rebate.

    How are these cheap?
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    bdizzle11 , September 27, 2011 5:52 PM
    I picked up a vertex 3 64gb for $70. Honestly no point in getting these
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    secolliyn , September 27, 2011 6:39 PM
    For an SSD i am waiting to get one thats at least 120GB as i want to install windows, and my most used game on it and with a 120 i would be able to do that comfortably
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    mr_nuke_me , September 27, 2011 7:07 PM
    theuniquegamertoo small size to be a boot drive w7 64bit.


    Huh? I can comfortably fit Fedora x64 and all the programs I use on 30GB.
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    leandrodafontoura , September 27, 2011 8:00 PM
    This isnt cheap at all. OCZ Vertez Plus is on the $1/1GB range already, as well as some Kingston SSDs
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    kittle , September 27, 2011 9:40 PM
    only 30GB? ... whats the point?
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    drwho1 , September 27, 2011 9:46 PM
    secolliynFor an SSD i am waiting to get one thats at least 120GB as i want to install windows, and my most used game on it and with a 120 i would be able to do that comfortably


    I really need a 500GB SSD to replace my 500GB boot drive.
    But at this prices....I pass.

    I think that it might be 5 years down the road before I make the switch.
    I just won't pay an arm an a leg for an SSD.
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    mrecio , September 27, 2011 10:11 PM
    Like others have said, there is nothing cheap about these drives. crucial M4 all the way.
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    halcyon , September 27, 2011 10:16 PM
    ...and you don't need to pay an arm and a leg for an SSD either. I not only have 2xVertex 2's in RAID 0 in my Mac desktop, but I have a Vertex 3 in one of my MacBook Pros. In my 2nd laptop I have a Seagate Momentus XT 500GB. Yeah, its in a MacBook Pro but that drive is plenty fast. Full blown SSD not needed...and there's plenty of space.

    I think more people should try these hybrid drives, I'm thoroughly impressed.
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