We’ve received two models of the new MacBook Air yesterday and have started some of our initial testing on the machines.
The SSD form factor has indeed changed as Apple is the first to adopt and incorporate PCIe storage, but rest assured we are working hard and fast to get you the upgrades you’ve come to rely on from OWC. We’re on it!
In the meantime, we have noticed a vast difference in write speeds between the two SSD offerings that we’ve received so far. The 512GB Samsung SSD found in our 13-inch model offers roughly a 400MB/s increase in write speeds over the 128GB SanDisk/Marvell SSD as our 11-inch model was configured. It is our assumption that the write performance is mainly due to NAND densities and not brand performance in these cases, but we’ll know more once we can run the same tests on a few more models.
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Other World Computing today announced the OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD Trade-Up Program. The program enables owners of the original Accelsior PCIe card to trade up to a new Accelsior_E2 card and get a cash rebate or upgrade storage capacity up to 960GB with higher capacity Accelsior SSD blades. The new Accelsior_E2 card features two bootable 6Gb/s expansion interfaces for connecting eSATA external drives for the highest possible internal and external storage performance. Article Continues…
Other World Computing today introduced the OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2, a Mac and PC-bootable, high-performance PCIe SSD card that features up to 960GB of SSD capacity, up to 820MB/s of sustained data performance, and further external storage expansion capability with two 6Gb/s eSATA interface ports. Built to exceed the demanding needs of video editing and creative professionals, the Mercury Accelsior_E2 offers the best combination of speed, capacity, and connectivity for simultaneous internal and external storage performance. Article Continues…
Last month we reported on the trend of rising memory prices due to DRAM supply constraints. Recently, we’ve seen a similar trend in NAND flash.
Since we introduced our first Solid State Drive in January 2010, we’ve been following the pricing and availability of components very closely. As part of our continuing efforts to keep our readers well-informed on industry trends that could affect purchasing decisions, we’ve been witnessing a price increase in NAND flash modules themselves.
For quite a while, it seemed that the longer you waited to upgrade to a SSD, the lower price you could get. Now, though, the pricing on 64Gb NAND has increased 31% since January, and just like with DRAM, it takes a few months for any component’s increased cost to affect the retail pricing of the final product. So, while prices have not yet begun to rise, the recent trend of falling SSD prices has certainly stopped at this point.
With NAND flash prices on the rise, it isn’t just SSDs that will be affected. Flash Memory Cards, USB drives, and other NAND flash based products may see similar upticks in pricing in the upcoming months.
Our purchasing suggestion?
It is very likely that we are at the bottom of the retail pricing curve and from our market analysis, prices are likely to start rising in the short term before continuing the natural progression of lower pricing over time. If you’re planning on purchasing a Solid State Drive during 2013 – now is probably the best time as far as pricing goes.
There’s no doubt that SSDs are a huge upgrade over platter-based hard drives in terms of overall performance they deliver to a system. As more and more users begin to discover the wide range of benefits to using flash storage from performance to reliability, demand has seen a significant spike.
More consumers seeing greater benefits from their storage is always a great thing. However, the issue is that seasonal sales increases, greater awareness of benefits by consumers, lower costs compared to HDDs since last year, and a tighter supply of NAND flash throughout the industry (Toshiba, for example, reduced their NAND production by 30% last July) have created delays for all SSD manufacturers.
When delays do happen, we at OWC will always do our best to keep pace and keep our popular line of SSDs in stock and our website up to date with ETAs on when you can expect your order to ship. As for current delays, it is expected that the overall SSD supply situation should be normal by the middle of January. However, many of our Mercury brand SSDs currently showing pending on the site should be in good supply starting middle of this week through next week.
Of course, we will be sure to keep you updated with any additional dates and more information as it becomes available.