OWC / Other World Computing 240GB Mercury Accelsior PCI Express Solid State Drive Card

OWC / Other World Computing 240GB Mercury Accelsior PCI Express Solid State Drive Card

OWC / Other World Computing 240GB Mercury Accelsior PCI Express Solid State Drive Card

OWC / Other World Computing 240GB Mercury Accelsior PCI Express Solid State Drive Card

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  • First Ever Bootable PCIe SSD for Mac
  • Dual LSI SandForce SF-228X Processors
  • 762MB/s Sustained Read Speed
  • 763MB/s Sustained Write Speed
  • High Performance Tier 1 Synchronous NAND
  • 128-bit AES-Compliant Encryption
  • PCIe x2 Interface
  • ECC Recovery
  • Low Profile PCIe Form Factor
  • Plug and Play
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  • 1Description
The 240GB Mercury Accelsior PCI Express Solid State Drive Card from Other World Computing is the world's first bootable PCI Express solid state drive card for both Mac and Windows. This high-performance SSD is bootable on PCs and is the only Mac-bootable, Mac supported PCIe SSD available at the moment. You will actually be able to boot from the Mercury Accelsior without having to install any drivers because it's a true Plug and Play solution. With its custom SandForce Driven Accelsior SSD blades, the Mercury Accelsior card enables Mac and PC users to enjoy a more responsive and productive computing experience along with cooler, quieter and more energy efficient operation, especially when compared to traditional mechanical hard disk drives.

Offering nearly three times the performance of a regular solid state drive in a SATA 2.0 3Gb/s drive bay, the Mercury Accelsior is perfect for I/O-intensive applications, such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Avid Pro Tools. Rendering, capturing and processing media files require high sustained data transfer speeds and the Mercury Accelsior delivers with up to a 762MB/s read speed and up to a 763MB/s write speed. Keep in mind that those speeds are when the Mercury Accelsior is connected to a Sandy Bridge Intel processor. It can have a sustained read speed of up to 823MB/s and a sustained write speed of up to 772MB/s when connected to an Ivy Bridge processor.

Mac and PC Bootable with No Driver Setup
The Mercury Accelsior is bootable on PCs and the only Mac-bootable PCIe solid state drive available. The Mercury Accelsior delivers near instant startup and app launching. And with a driverless setup, it's truly a high-performance Plug and Play solution
A More Efficient & Reliable Computing Experience
Massively boosting data transfer rates is only one of the benefits to the Mercury Accelsior. With its custom SandForce Driven SSD blades, you'll experience a more responsive, quiet and energy efficient computing experience. Those benefits don't come at the expense of reliability however since SandForce RAISE technology provides RAID-like data protection and reliability
User Friendly, Professionally Robust
Simple enough for mainstream business use, yet robust enough for professional multimedia production environments, the Mercury Accelsior is the clear choice for pro audio and video studios producing HD-quality work. This high performance upgrade is designed and built in the U.S. from domestic and imported parts as well as backed by a three-year warranty
Easy Installation
If you can install a RAM memory module, you'll find adding this high-performance card into your desktop/tower machine is a breeze. By utilizing the fastest data interface available in an Apple Mac Pro or PC-the PCIe slot. The Mercury Accelsior offers nearly 3x faster performance than a 3Gb/s SSD and beyond even 6Gb/s SSDs
High Performance and Fast Read/Write Speeds
Experience supercharged speeds up to 762MB/s read and 763MB/s write and stop waiting for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process. With up to 100K IOP/s, business critical applications are given an instant boost while Accelsior's extreme performance speed dramatically reduces game level-loading, object streaming, and save times for more play time and less waiting
SandForce Technologies
DuraWrite extends the endurance of your Mercury Accelsior. Intelligent block leveling and wear leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire Mercury Accelsior. Intelligent read disturb management spreads the active read/write across the flash components eliminating data corruption caused by constant use. Intelligent "recycling" for advanced free space management gradually re-writes data across the Mercury Accelsior over time to ensure data never gets corrupted. RAISE (redundant array of independent silicon elements) protects the data on your drive similar to having a RAID setup. ECC (error correcting code) protection allows for long data retention and drive life
Compatible Models
  • Mac Pro (2010, 4-core)
  • Mac Pro (2010, 6-core)
  • Mac Pro (2010, 8-core)
  • Mac Pro (2010, 12-core)
  • Mac Pro (2009, quad-core)
  • Mac Pro (2009, 8-core)
  • Mac Pro (2008)
  • Mac Pro (2007, 8 core)
  • Mac Pro (2006)
  • Xserve (2006)
  • Xserve (2008)
  • Xserve (2009)
  • Xserve (2009)

  • Compatible with Intel/AMD CPU-based PCs
  • Compatible with PCIe expandable servers
  • PCIe 2.0 x4 slot or better is required
  • Use of a PCIe 1.0 x4 slot will reduce performance
  • In the Box
    OWC / Other World Computing 240GB Mercury Accelsior PCI Express Solid State Drive Card
  • OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe Card
  • Two OWC Mercury Accelsior SSD Blades
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Controller Dual LSI SandForce SF-2281 Series Processors (with 7% over provisioning)
    NAND Tier 1 Major 2X-nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Sync-NAND Flash
    Form Factor Low Profile PCI Express
    Capacity 240GB
    Interface PCIe 2.0 x2
  • Also compatible with a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot on a Mac
  • Also compatible with a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot and a PCIe 1.0 x4 slot (reduced performance) on a PC
  • Sustained Transfer Rate Sandy Bridge
  • Read: 762MB/s
  • Write: 763MB/s

  • Ivy Bridge
  • Read: 823MB/s
  • Write: 772MB/s
  • Sustained Random 4k Read/Write Up to 100,000 IOPS
    Latency Less than 0.1ms
    System Requirements Windows
  • Vista and higher
  • Server 2008 and higher
    Mac OS X
  • 10.6 and higher
    Mac OS X Server
  • 10.6 and higher
    Ubuntu Linux
  • 9.04 and higher
    Fedora Linux
  • 14 and higher
  • Environmental Requirements Temperature
  • Operating: 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
  • Non-Operating: -67 to 302° F / -55 to 150°C
  • Standards RoHS
    Dimensions 4.74 x 0.81 x 7.1" / 12 x 2.07 x 18 cm
    Weight 2.88 oz / 81.6 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 7.0 x 3.3"

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