While we’ve been hard at work on exciting new products and services such as the OWC ThunderBay IV and our Mac Pro 2013 processor and memory turnkey upgrade program (check out more new releases here), our current lineup has been generating some buzz of its own. Check out just some of what our reviewers and customers have had to say recently.
OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2
Our Mercury Accelsior_E2 drive is a powerhouse PCIe SSD that meets the most demanding needs of video editing and creative professionals with capacity up to 960GB. In March, Les Tokar of The SSD Review took the Accelsior_E2 for a spin and had this to say: “It took us six tries before we trusted our own accuracy as it was so fast … There is no question whatsoever why both versions of the OWC Mercury Accelsior earned our Editor’s Choice Award … these are amazing PCI Express SSDs.” Click the link for more on our Mercury Accelsior_E2 drive and to see what it can do for your workflow! Article Continues…
Pining for a new MacBook Pro with Retina display? You’re not the only one. The new MacBook Pros are powerful and most anybody I know who’s worked on the previous generation loves the screen quality and the thin size. There are a few things to take into consideration when getting a Retina MacBook Pro: screen size, memory, storage, and let’s not forget… the all important work/backup external drive.
The 13” model comes in 3 base options:
- $1,299.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB Solid State Drive
- $1,499.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $1,799.99 – 2.6 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
The 15” model comes in 2 base options:
- $1,999.99 – 2.0 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $2,599.99 – 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
Essentially the price increases among the models get your more memory and a larger SSD. Memory is soldered to the motherboard, which means you can’t upgrade later, period. SSDs on the other hand can be upgraded in the future if you find yourself in need of more storage later. We’re working hard on providing an SSD upgrade that’ll allow you to expand your Retina later on, as we currently offer SSD upgrades for the 2012 Retina models, and plan to offer upgrades for the new ones as soon as we can. Article Continues…
Thursday, November 8th, 2012 | Author: OWC Grant
We were contacted by a very high level source today that had received some serious misinformation that the factory flash drive in the 2012 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display was soldered in, thus leaving the machine not able to be upgraded. We won’t go into details, but it was enough that we thought that we should nip any bad info in the bud about this, in case you too may have been misinformed.
Absolutely nothing has changed in the last two weeks since we confirmed the ability to upgrade the new rMBP with an OWC Mercury Aura Pro SSD.
In fact, for some “independent” confirmation, head over to ZDNet and read Jason O’Grady’s take on it from earlier today. You’ll see that he had no problems using an OWC Aura in a rMBP. And… spoiler alert… he found the Aura was both faster and less expensive than the Apple unit, too!
UPDATE 2:43PM 11/8/12
Seems as though Rob over at Barefeats.com also posted a performance benchmark test today showing the Aura Pro is compatible with the rMBPS as well as how it smokes the factory drive in Quickbench and AJA System Test results.
Other World Computing announced today the OWC Mercury Aura Pro is the industry’s first high-performance Solid State Drive upgrade for the new 2012 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display (rMBP) computers introduced by Apple last week. Available in 480GB capacity for immediate ordering and with additional capacities to be announced in November, the 6G (6Gb/s) SandForce Driven Mercury Aura Pro offers rMBP owners up to nearly 3x more storage and/or backup capacity than the factory 128GB flash module. Article Continues…
Once we had the new 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display unboxed, it was just a matter of time before we installed an OWC Aura Pro SSD to see how well it worked.
Well, as these pictures show, the Aura Pro fits just fine in the 13″ rMBP’s drive caddy (something new that wasn’t in the 15″ model), and so far everything seems to be running quite solidly.
Obviously, we’ve got a battery of other tests to put the drive through and we’ll have a more definite answer by early next week, but right now, all signs are pointing to “Yes.”