OWC Mercury Accelsior Joins Other PCIe SSDs


OWC has released their first ever PCIe SSD, the Mercury Accelsior. The drive comes in four capacities, namely 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. The lower two drives utilizes SandForce SF-2281 controllers while the upper two uses SF-2282 controllers. The maximum sequential read and write speeds for the Mercury Accelsior are 780 MB/s and 763 MB/s respectively.

OWC has been known to produce Mac-based drives and this one is no exception. The Accelsior boots with Mac OS X without the need for any drivers and is the first PCIe drive to do so. The Mercury Accelsior employs the same plug-in-play functionality on Windows-based computers.

Updating the capacities is easy with these drives as you don’t need to buy a whole new unit. Each Mercury Accelsior SSD contains two blades having their own SF controller and 24nm Toshiba Toggle-Mode MLC NAND. Getting higher storage means you only need to replace the blades. The 120 GB costs $360 while the 960 GB costs $2096. The blades should be much cheaper although OWC is yet to sell them. The drives are configured RAID 0 by default but can be changed to RAID 1 if desired.

  1. $2K for <1GBps!


  2. RAID configuration of 2 WD VelociRaptor drives would be as fast in sequential benchmarks, a bit slower in random IO, but would last at least 10x longer under heavy load, provide 2x storage capacity and would be way less expensive even with enterprise-class RAID controller.

  3. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Sharp-begins-work-on-first-IGZO-display-panels.73454.0.html

    Finally the resolution is going to be at optimum visible level. And no “HD” marketing shit ! Well, there were some samples about 10 years ago, but apparently the “advanced” PR R&D assholes decided to get the most $ out of the models with “suffecient” resolution.

    Same with NAND. The infamous marketing R&D assholes will take every single $ of profit out of the customers before they move to something more useful.

    So, with LCD, production hi-resolution samples were available back in 2001-2002, serial production due to falling prices on “normal resolution” LCD is expected in 2013. With NAND the alternate technologies could be ready for marketing as a proper NAND replacement by ~ 2018. Or earlier if the customers get sick of MLC marketing shit.

  4. I didn’t know that about the LCD situation, very interesting. Well it all boils down to milking your cash cows I guess (i.e. us).

  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_T220/T221_LCD_monitors
    Those were available back in 2001, apparently not in the right time according to marketing R&D assoholes. The assholes preferred to make money out of some shit like “HD” and by minor increase of resolution over time, to force the users to replace their LCD every few years and pay a hefty price for some minor upgrades …

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