New OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD Pre-Release Performance Tested By Leading Mac And PC Benchmarking Sites

Latest SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s SSD data rate performance surpassing 500MB/s to be pre-shipping confirmed by The SSD Review, MacPerformanceGuide, Barefeats, and TweakTown

Apr 12, 2011 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, today announced its soon to be shipping OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD, the next generation of OWC SandForce® Driven™ SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s Solid State Drives, has been pre-release provided to four leading performance benchmarking websites: The SSD Review, MacPerformanceGuide, Barefeats, and Tweaktown. With sustained data rates over 500MB/s, the new OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD allows users to unleash the true capabilities of their SATA 6G enabled Macs and PCs, while still delivering the award-winning performance and reliability the original Extreme Pro offers in SATA 1.5Gb/s and SATA 3.0Gb/s bus interface equipped machines.

Three Capacities Offered Starting At $319.99
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD will be offered in the following capacity configurations with availability dates to be announced on the product’s official release date of April 15th:

These three new models join OWC’s existing line of SATA 1.5/3.0 interface Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs that are available in capacities from 40GB to 480GB, offer options for ‘legacy’ IDE/ATA desktop and notebook owners, and offer the only MacBook Air SSD option on the market priced starting from $99.97. For more information on the complete line of OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs, visit:

Preliminary Testing Reveals Gains Up To 77%
To determine the true capabilities of the SandForce SF-2281 processor in a 6Gb/s interface computer, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G was Quickbench tested by OWC engineers in a 2011 MacBook Pro 15" i7 2.3GHz model. With 506MB/s read and 464MB/s write transfer rates, the new Pro 6G SSD offers up to 77% faster performance in 6Gb/s interface equipped Macs and PCs versus 3.0Gb/s interface equipped machines. In the critical 4K random read and write tests, up to 60,000 IOPS – an improvement of 20% - is attainable. These cutting edge speeds dramatically improve the performance of demanding uses such as High Definition video streaming, large Photoshop file rendering, as well as other disk intensive processes that bog down standard SSDs and hard disk drives.

Four Leading Sites To Certify Pre-Release Performance
Built upon the award-winning lineage of the Mercury Extreme Pro line, the new Pro 6G line will be thoroughly pre-release tested by the following four leading Mac and PC performance benchmarking sites:

Full Specification Listings Highlights Quality Difference
Continuing its commitment to ethical business practices, OWC lists a full array of detailed specifications for each SSD model, so that every customer, from typical everyday users to IT level professionals, is able to quickly and easily determine the quality difference with which every OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD is built. “We’re very pleased to have four of the best performance testing websites ready to put our latest and greatest SSD through its paces,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “We’re quite confident that these experts will find the Extreme Pro 6G to be the new speed, reliability, and quality standard of SSD by which all others will be measured.”


About OWC

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability – OWC solutions are genuinely built to last, go the distance, and enable users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC's operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with its headquarters among the first in the world awarded LEED Platinum certification. OWC features an award-winning technical support team and an unparalleled library of step-by-step DIY and informational videos. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set, and beyond, there should be no compromise. That is why OWC is here.

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