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The 480GB Mercury Helios Thunderbolt Storage Solution from Other World Computing is fast and flexible with up to 10 Gbps throughput. It is an ideal solution for high-performance PCIe cards designed for video capturing, video editing, media transcoding, audio processing and data storage. It is bootable with AHCI compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to six devices. The Mercury Helios and Mercury Accelsior performance data solution bundle features the highly-acclaimed Mercury Accelsior PCIe Solid State Drive to boost your workflow. With up to 100K IOPS, business-critical applications are given an instant boost while Accelsior's extreme performance speed dramatically reduces game level loading and object streaming, thus increasing play time and reducing wait time. Thunderbolt-equipped computers like the Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, now have the ability to tap into the speed and storage capacity of the Mercury Accelsior PCIe Solid State Drive.
The Mercury Helios Storage Solution features the highly-acclaimed Mac bootable and Mac supported Mercury Accelsior PCIe Solid State Drive.
It is bootable with AHCI compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to six devices.
The PCIe card expansion facilitates data transfer of up to 10Gbps Solid State Drive, 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity, uncompressed HD video capture and more.
The Mercury Helios Storage Solution features a quiet cooling fan with good ventilation and variable speeds.
It is hot-pluggable* and automatically switches on/off through your computer.
*Any device connected to the PCIe card must be removed before disconnecting Helios.
In the daisy-chain, the last device can be a bus-powered device.*
*A Thunderbolt bus-powered device should be the last device on the chain.
Rugged yet lightweight aluminum housing makes this Mercury Helios Storage Solution quite portable.
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Mercury Helios Thunderbolt Storage Solution
External Power Adapter
3 Year Solution Warranty with 48 Hour Turnaround Time
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Supported PCIe Cards
Form Factor: One half-length up to 6.5" (16.51 cm) long, single width, full-height PCIe card PCIe Cards: Fibre Channel, 10 Gb Ethernet, RAID Controller, Video capture, Digital audio, State Solid Drive, SAS controllers such as the OWC Jupiter, FireWire, USB 3.0, eSATA host adapter cards
1 x PCIe 2.0 x8 (x4 mode)
480 GB* Mercury Accelsior PCI Express SSD**
*Total accessible capacity depends on operating environment (5-10% less). Actual capacity depends on defined file settings**OWC can replace/upgrade to equivalent or better components
Thunderbolt - 2x 20-pin ports
Data Transfer Rate
Thunderbolt - 10 Gbps (or 1250 Mbps) max.
Bootable as long as the specific PCIe card installed is bootable Thunderbolt: Supported on Macs meeting minimum requirements
Pre-formatted for Mac OSX
Mac System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, including "Lion" 10.7.x and "Mountain Lion" 10.8.x. Available Thunderbolt port
Operating Temperature: 32 to 95°F (0 to 35°C) Non-Operating Temperature -40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C)
Operating: 65 G 2 ms Non-Operating: 175 G 2 ms
2.9 x 5.7 x 8.8" (7.36 x 11.47 x 22.35 cm)
2.4 lb (1.08 kg)
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