The original OWC Mercury Accelsior has been a phenomenal product. To put it simply, those who’ve used it – they never look back. However, we wanted to improve upon the Accelsior’s design by offering both internal and external storage capability, so earlier this week we announced the OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2.
This new Accelsior model again offers extremely fast internal storage and adds fast external storage capability with the addition of two 6Gb/s eSATA expansion interfaces. Now you truly can have the best combination of speed, capacity, and connectivity for simultaneous internal and external storage performance.
And you aren’t limited to needing to have an available PCIe slot in a Mac Pro or PC to benefit from the Accelsior_E2. By installing it into an OWC Mercury Helios Thunderbolt expansion chassis, you can turn the Accelsior_E2 into the ultimate external SSD for Thunderbolt technology enabled Mac mini, iMac ,and MacBook machines.
“So, how does it perform?” you might be asking yourself. We’ve put the OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2 through its paces here at the OWC Test Lab and here’s what we’ve come up with: Article Continues…
The OWC Test Lab technicians have been at it again. After hearing a few forum whispers of 32GB of memory working in the Late 2009 iMacs, we started our own investigation into the matter.
To be honest, we weren’t very optimistic on this rumor as, by specification, the Intel processors used in these machines list a maximum of 16GB of total memory…and our initial OWC MaxRAM Memory Certification tests didn’t pass.
We started our testing with the base Core 2 Duo (iMac10,1) model and have indeed confirmed that the Core 2 Duo models max out at 16GB of memory. When more than 16GB of memory is installed in those systems, the machine just would not complete booting. The prospect wasn’t looking too good.
But then we tested the other end of the spectrum with the 2.8 GHz Core i7 (iMac11,1) model and that is when the testing started to tell a completely different story. Article Continues…
Apple has started using either SanDisk or Samsung flash storage modules in their MacBook Pro with Retina display models and rob-ART morgan over at the Bare Feats lab posed the question of, “Which one is faster, the Samsung or SanDisk flash storage? And how do both compare to OWC’s Aura Pro 480G flash storage upgrade?”
And the overwhelming winner was the OWC Aura Pro which towered over both Apple offerings in random and sustained transfers.
For the results of all testing, see the original Bare Feats article: SHOOTOUT: Is the flash storage in the 2013 Retina MacBook Pro faster than the storage in the 2012 version?
Everything is better when it’s faster: cars, amusement park rides, food. Well, maybe not food. But the point is, when things are faster, it leaves more time for you to spend on more important things. Unfortunately, your computer isn’t always able to deliver the maximum speed it’s capable of. Working with large images in Photoshop, converting music and movies for your favorite device, even simple tasks like scrolling in Word – these can all take much longer than they should.
But lucky for you, one of the easiest ways to bring more speed into your life is by adding more RAM to your Mac – and no one has that covered better than OWC.
To find out how you can turbo-boost your Mac, all you need to do is find out your machine’s Model ID. Then, use our easy guide to find out just how much more memory you can add and what it might cost. Finally, we offer free, straight-forward installation videos to help you “DIY” a memory install with almost any Mac…and often in 20 minutes or less!
It’s really that easy. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and get started on upgrading your Mac with performance-test proven, Lifetime Warrantied memory today!
Sometimes, important lessons crop up in unexpected places. The new iPads come with 12 Watt adapter bricks, rather than the 10W ones that came with previous generations, so we wanted to make sure our existing 30-pin cables would work with them. After all, it’s easier to use one brick and just switch the cables if you had more than one device, such as when traveling. That it’s a slightly higher-output source also suggested slightly-faster charge times. As it turns out, that wasn’t always the case.
In our test, we tried three different cables: a 36” Apple-branded cable, a 72” Newer Technology cable, and a generic 36” cable.
The test was simple – start with a discharged 3rd Gen iPad, connect the 12W power supply via each cable and see how long it takes to charge with the backlight on. Here’s how the times broke down.
- Apple cable: 6 hours and 3 minutes.
- NewerTech cable: 6 hours and 4 minutes
- “Generic” Cable: 22 hours and 59 minutes.
As you can see, there was something considerably different about the “generic” cable; with the backlight on, it barely trickle-charged. The main thing we noticed was that it was a narrower gauge than the Apple and NewerTech cables, and not as high-quality.
The lesson here is that you should make sure you are using good quality cables with your iPad 3 or 4 if you want to take the shortest amount of time to charge.