Other World Computing announced today it has test certified the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini, a high-performance bus-powered RAID storage solution, for video capture and playback (via eSATA and FireWire 800) without dropping frames in the most popular compressed high definition video file formats including HDV, DVC Pro, and ProRes 422HQ. Available with two 2.5″ 7200RPM hard drives or OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSDs configured either in a RAID-1 “mirrored” or RAID-0 “stripe” mode, the test certified Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini models offers video and creative professionals Plug and Play storage capacity up to 2TB and data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s with Mac and PC computers. Article Continues…
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Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini Portable Drive Test Certified for High Definition Video Capture and Playback
OWC 128GB MaxRAM Upgrade Unleashes The Performance Beast In Mac Pro With Double The Factory Memory At 49 Percent Lower Cost
Other World Computing announced today through its in-house MaxRAM testing lab its Certified Triple-Channel Memory Upgrade Kits for 2009 and later Apple Mac Pro models now provide up to 128GB — twice the factory maximum installed memory — with up to a 49 percent lower cost. The 16GB per module matched kits are fully tested and certified to meet, if not surpass, all Apple memory design and compatibility specifications and come backed by a Lifetime Replacement Warranty and free, step-by-step installation videos.
Maximum Memory Recommended for Optimum OS X and Application Performance
Industry experts agree 4GB of RAM is the minimum that should be installed for optimum performance of OS X Lion. Beyond the OS, however, if applications such as Aperture, Photoshop, iMovie/iDVD are running and large files are being addressed, even 16GB of RAM might not be enough memory. MacPerformanceGuide, a leading benchmarking source for professional photographers and Mac enthusiasts, found that 10-15GB of RAM is used just by their daily use of Photoshop. By increasing RAM from 48GB to 96GB, they found dramatic time reductions in working with huge files. With today’s higher resolution digital and video cameras, having the maximum amount of installable and addressable RAM is becoming a necessity for Mac Pro owners. Article Continues…
It’s a funny thing about these price drops; they always seem to come in bunches. This time around is no different. First, there were the Mercury Elites. Then came the Mercury Elite Pro minis, followed by the Qx2.
Well, this time around, we’re featuring the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini. However, don’t expect the same, old-fashioned price drop. No sir-ee. We’ve got something special goin’ on here; not only are we featuring a price drop, but we’re adding new models as well.
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is a portable, bus-powered FireWire 800&400, USB2, eSATA solution with up to 2.0TB of space, making it perfect for those needing convenient portability and/or small desktop footprint with capabilities not available in a single drive solution. Measuring only 6.1” x 5.6” x 1.1”, this compact workhorse utilizes the High-Performance Oxford936 chipset with user selectable RAID-0, RAID-1 or SPAN modes of operation. The high performance, interface support, and RAID mode options provide exceptional flexibility for a wide range of applications. Article Continues…
The OWC video team has been in high gear these last few weeks, kicking out several videos showing you how to upgrade your Macs and showing what those upgrades can do!
- How to install a pair of drives into an OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini enclosure.
- How to install a SATA drive into an OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro enclosure.
- How to add a second hard drive to a Late 2009 MacBook using an OWC Data Doubler
- How to add a second hard drive to a Late 2008 15” MacBook Pro using an OWC Data Doubler
- How to replace the hard drive in a mid-2010 13” MacBook Pro
- How much an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD – Legacy Edition can improve your G4 Power Mac’s performance.
We’ve got more exciting videos in the works, too, so stay tuned!
Ever since we released the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs a little over a year ago, we’ve talked a lot about the dramatic impact it has on performance. We’ve shown several video shootouts, had many third party reviews, and even had an in-depth dissection on its performance. I think it would be safe to say we’ve given substantial evidence to backup those claims of speed improvement.
What we haven’t talked about much, however, is how much less power our SSDs use when compared to a standard hard drive.