‘Twas the day before Macworld, and while others were resting,
diglloyd was busy benchmarking and testing.
And what to his wondering eyes did appear…
But some SSD benchmarks no one else comes near.
Yep, that’s just what it sounds like. As OWC’s contingent braves the elements on the flight out to San Francisco for Macworld Expo 2010, Lloyd Chambers (diglloyd) of the Macintosh Performance Guide has posted his review of the new OWC Mercury Extreme solid state drive, and his review was positively glowing with praise for OWC’s latest offering.
Here’s just a sample of some of the great things he had to say:
“As of February 2010, no other solid state drive (SSD) I’ve used comes close to the astonishing speed and robust performance I’m seeing with OWC’s enterprise-class RAID-ready Mercury Extreme SSD offering.”
“Write speeds that show no degradation in my initial “seasoning” and moderate abuse, whereas other brands show drops of 15-20% after a single DiskTester fill-volume.”
“Sustained write speeds of 260MB/sec and read speeds of 270MB/sec with no sign of degradation. That’s nearly as fast as the 3Gb SATA 2.x interface allows!”
“Photoshop scratch volume performance in a 2-drive RAID setup that is the fastest I’ve yet observed, blowing away my previous champion, 4 X 2TB RAID-0 hard drives.”
“Other vendors will have to release updated offerings, relying on sales inertia in the interim, because from what I’m seeing, there is no-way-no-how I’d consider the existing other-brand SSDs out there over the OWC Mercury Extreme SSD.”
You can read diglloyd’s full review of the Mercury Extreme (as well as a number of Mac performance tips) on the Macintosh Performance Guide.
UPDATE—2/12/10: Apparently, diglloyd has been busy and has posted the results of an extended suite of benchmarks, showing the Extreme SSD’s performance under different RAID configurations. Impressive, to say the least…