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

Posted Apr 13, 2011 @ 3:22 CDT

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

April 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:

• 120GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G with 7% Over Provisioning $319.99
• 240GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G with 7% Over Provisioning $579.99
• 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G with 7% Over Provisioning $1799.99

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:

• The SSD Review:
• MacPerformanceGuide:
• Barefeats:
• TweakTown:

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 Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad® enhancement products through its e-commerce portal As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via and

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