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OWC Mercury AccelsiorM PCIe Controller Card Offers Plug and Play mSATA SSD Performance Boost to Mac Pros and PCs

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 | Author:

Other World Computing today introduced the OWC Mercury AccelsiorM, a Mac and PC-bootable, fully supported PCIe controller card that accepts any standard 50mm mSATA Solid State Drive. By utilizing the fastest data interface available in a Mac Pro or PC—the PCIe slot—the Mercury AccelsiorM can offer data transfer speeds that exceed 3Gb/s SSDs….up to 380MB/s.

User-Friendly, Yet Robust for Demanding Uses

As easy to install as a memory module, yet robust enough to handle the rigors of professional multimedia production environments, the half-height AccelsiorM card is the clear choice for Mac Pro and PC owners who desire the maximum performance from their 3G data bus-based machines. Waiting for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process will become a distant memory; business critical applications are given an instant boost; and game level loading, object streaming, and save times can be reduced for more play time and less waiting. Article Continues…

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OWC Introduces First ‘Apple/Mac Friendly’ Firmware Update Solution For SandForce Driven Solid State Drives

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 | Author:

Other World Computing announced today the industry’s first and only Apple/Mac compatible firmware updater for SandForce Driven Solid State Drives. The fully Mac bootable updater is freely available from OWC for use exclusively with select OWC Mercury Solid State Drive models manufactured since January 2010. This new Mac compatible firmware updater is in addition to firmware update support OWC previously made available for Macintosh computers via the use of Bootcamp, as well as for PCs running the Windows OS. Article Continues…

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OWC’s new eSATA Adapter shows why removing the ExpressCard slot from the 15” MacBook Pros was a bad idea.

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 | Author:

For those of us fortunate enough to have a MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot, there’s been one  minor drawback – the cards almost always stuck out from the side of the MacBook Pro in an ugly protuberance, making it both odd-looking and difficult to fit in a bag without removing the card.

OWC’s Slim ExpressCard to eSATA Adapter changes things quite nicely. This card fits inside the ExpressCard/34 slot such that the eSATA port sits flush with the edge of the MacBook Pro, which means you can leave it installed, even when you’re not using it. It doesn’t require any special drivers, so you can just slide it in and go. It’s even bootable, so you can start your MacBook Pro up from an external drive, should you so desire.

Of course, we don’t need to go into the details of how much an advantage eSATA has in performance over FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. However, if you want some specifics, you may want to check out Lloyd Chambers’ latest review over at Mac Performance Guide.

If you want the short version, though, I think this quote from the article sums it up nicely.

The flush-fitting OWC Slim ExpressCard at about $28 is a total no-brainer buy to improve performance with any drive that supports eSATA. Driver-less and bootable too!

So if you have an external drive with an eSATA port, a MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot, and a desire to increase your data throughput, then the OWC ExpressCard to eSATA Adapter is just what you’re looking for.