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OWC Announces Mercury Accelsior as Industry's First Fully Macintosh and PC Supported Bootable PCIe SSD Card

High-Performance up to 780MB/s, Plug and Play Ease of Up to 1.0TB of Solid State Drive Capacity

Apr 16, 2012 | Las Vegas, NV

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Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, today introduced the OWC Mercury Accelsior™, the industry's first both Mac-bootable and PC-bootable, fully supported PCIe SSD card. By utilizing the fastest data interface available in a Mac Pro or PC-the PCIe slot-the Mercury Accelsior offers nearly 3x the performance vs. an SSD in a SATA 2.0 3Gb/s drive bay with well beyond even 6Gb/s speeds of up to 780MB/s. Now owners of PCs and Apple Mac Pros can stop waiting for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process; and can experience near instantaneous booting and application launches. The Mercury Accelsior will be highlighted along with other OWC storage solutions in booth #SL14110 during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show being held this week in Las Vegas.

Fully Bootable, No Drivers Needed
The OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card is AHCI compliant, so no drivers are required for a truly Plug and Play solution. Besides turning a computer into a speed demon, this high-performance SSD is bootable on PCs and is the only Mac-bootable, Mac supported PCIe SSD available.

A More Efficient and Reliable Computing Experience
Massively boosting data transfer rates is only one of the benefits to the Mercury Accelsior. With its custom SandForce® Driven™ Accelsior SSD blades, the Mercury Accelsior card enables Mac and PC users to enjoy a more responsive and productive computing experience along with cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient operation compared to standard hard drives. Those benefits don't come at the expense of reliability, however, as SandForce RAISE™ technology provides RAID-like data redundancy protection and reliability.

Boosts Entry Level Server Applications and Gaming Too
In addition to video-editing and multimedia creation / management deployment, the Mercury Accelsior takes entry level servers and even gaming to entirely new levels of performance. With up to 100,000 IOPS, business-critical applications like online transaction processing databases are given an instant boost. For gamers, the Mercury Accelsior's extreme performance speed dramatically reduces game level-loading, object streaming, and save times for more play time and less waiting.

User-Friendly, Professionally Robust
As easy to install as a memory module, yet robust enough to handle the rigors of professional multimedia production environments, the half-height Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card is the clear choice for pro audio and video studios producing HD-quality work. This game-changing, high-performance upgrade is designed and built in the U.S. from domestic and imported parts and backed by a three-year warranty.

Upgrade as Your Capacity Needs Grow
With OWC factory configurations from 120GB (2 x 60GB) up to 960GB (2 x 480GB) and the ability to upgrade to larger Mercury Accelsior SSD blades in the future, the Mercury Accelsior is future-ready for growing capacity needs.

Pricing, Availability
The Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card is available for immediate ordering in the following dual Mercury Accelsior blade SSD capacity configurations:

240GB model (2 x 128GB for 256GB total flash) priced at $549.99 will be available in early May.

Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD Features

  • The only Mac-bootable, Mac-supported PCIe SSD available
  • Easy, no drivers required installation
  • Dual LSI® SandForce SF-2281/82 processors
  • Data transfer rates of 780MB/s read and 648MB/s write
  • Features 24nm Toggle-Synchronous high-performance NAND
  • Performance Hardware RAID up to 960GB (1TB total flash)
  • 3-year warranty
  • SandForce DuraClass™ technologies:
    • DuraWrite™ for extended SSD endurance
    • Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly
    • Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads reads/writes across flash components to eliminate data corruption caused by constant use
    • Intelligent "Recycling" for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the SSD over time to ensure data never gets corrupted
    • RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) protects the data similar to a RAID setup
    • Best-in-Class ECC Protection for longest data retention and drive life

"The performance boost Mercury Accelsior offers is just staggering," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Adding well beyond 6Gb/s speeds to a Mac Pro or PC with proven OWC SSD technology completely transforms the machine's capabilities. Then, when you consider its Plug and Play, yet future-ready design to enable adoption of emerging SSD technology developments, it simply is a 'must-have' for any PCIe-equipped computer user."

Most Comprehensive SSD Line For Macs And PCs OWC's Mercury line of performance leading, world speed record-breaking SSDs offers a model for nearly every Mac and PC produced over the past decade in capacities from 30GB to 960GB starting from $59.99. For more information, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/

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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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