OWC has announced the availability of their latest upgrade SSD, the Aura. The new Aura SSD comes in 1 and 2TB capacities, which is more than 8 times the capacity of 2013 Mac Pro factory shipping models. The Aura is also the first SSD that is custom-engineered and tested for compatibility with the 2013 Mac Pro.
The SSDs are available at $899 for the 1TB, and $1499 for the 2TB version. The SSDs come complete with all tools required for the upgrade and a step-by-step installation video. The Aura features transfer speeds up to 730/698 MB/s read/write, and a three year limited warranty. As a bonus the kit also includes a freebie Envoy enclosure, which allows users to repurpose their original Mac Pro SSD for use as a USB 3.0 external enclosure. The Aura leverages 4 SandForce SF-2281 controllers with 7% overprovisioning behind a Marvell 88SE9230 RAID controller on a custom blade design. This will provide fast transfer speeds, and also increase endurance and sustained performance.
The SSDs are compatible with Mac OS 10.9 and newer versions, along with Windows 8 and newer versions. The Aura is available soon, and can be purchased via the OWC portal.