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OWC Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2TB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 50%Manufacturer: OWC

OWC Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2TB SATA III SSD

 

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The Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2TB SATA III SSD ships in a simple blue and white blister pack. The drive itself is visible through the clear portion of the packaging. We note the capacity is listed at 1.92TB.

 

 

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Inside the pack is the drive itself and a stick-on plastic spacer.

 

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The top of the drives aluminum enclosure is painted blue. The look is minimalistic and attractive.

 

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The back half of the drive's enclosure features a manufacturer's label listing the particulars of the drive.

 

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The PCB is secured to the bottom of the enclosure with four screws. We note the thermal paste blobbed onto the two 512MB DRAM chips that populate this side of the PCB.

 

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Removing the PCB from the enclosure reveals that all the major components on the PCB are covered with thermal paste. We cannot comment on the effectiveness of this unique thermal solution other than to say it's messy compared to the thermal pads we are familiar with.

 

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This side of the PCB houses all eight of the drive's 256GB asynchronous 16nm MLC flash chips (large rectangular). Both of the drive's Silicon Motion SM2246EN 4-channel controllers (large square) are located on this side of the PCB. Two of the drive's four 512MB DDR3 DRAM cache packages (small rectangular) are located on this side of the PCB.

 

The JMicron 562 RAID controller chip (small square) that makes it tick is located on this side of the PCB as well. Normally we present close-in views of the major components of the drive, but not this time, because we don't want to deal with removing the thermal paste, which could compromise thermal dissipation.

 

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This half of the PCB houses the remaining two 512MB DDR3 caching chips. We note that the drive's SATA and power connectors are integrated onto the PCB itself.

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