OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card

OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card

OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card

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Product Highlights

  • 480GB Storage Capacity
  • PCIe SSD Drive Card
  • PCIe 2.0 x2 Interface
  • Up to 780 MB/s Sustained Read Speeds
  • Up to 763 MB/s Sustained Write Speeds
  • Dual LSI SandForce SF-2281 Processors
  • 2 x eSATA Expansion Ports
  • Tier 1 MLC High Performance Sync-NAND
  • 128-bit AES-Compliant Encryption
  • Low Profile PCIe Form Factor
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  • 1Description

The 480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card from Other World Computing is a high-performance solid-state drive that connects to the PCIe slot in your Mac or PC computer. You will actually be able to boot from the Mercury Accelsior E2 as a Plug-and-Play solution. With its custom SandForce Driven Accelsior SSD blades, the Mercury Accelsior E2 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. There are also two eSATA ports on the card so you can connect your external storage drives to the system.

Offering nearly three times the performance of a regular solid-state drive in a SATA 2.0 3 Gb/s drive bay, the Mercury Accelsior E2 is suitable 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 E2 delivers with up to a 780 MB/s read speed and up to a 763 MB/s write speed. Keep in mind that those speeds are when the Mercury Accelsior is connected to a Sandy Bridge Intel processor.

Mac and PC Bootable with No Driver Setup
The Mercury Accelsior E2 is bootable on PC and Mac computers. The Mercury Accelsior E2 delivers near instant startup and app launching. And with a driverless setup, it's truly a high-performance Plug and Play solution. You do have an option to download a driver for Mac Pro computers, which ensures proper powering down of Mercury Accelsior E2 during sleep and shutdown actions. However, this driver has nothing to do with the data operation of the Mercury Accelsior E2 and Mac Pro computers
A More Efficient & Reliable Computing Experience
Massively boosting data transfer rates is only one of the benefits to the Mercury Accelsior E2. 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 E2 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 limited 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 a PCIe slot in an Apple Mac Pro or PC, the Mercury Accelsior E2 offers nearly 3x faster performance than a 3 Gb/s SSD and also faster than 6 Gb/s SSDs
High Performance and Fast Read/Write Speeds
Experience supercharged speeds up to 780 MB/s read and 763 MB/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 E2'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 E2. Intelligent block leveling and wear leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire Mercury Accelsior E2. Intelligent read distribution 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 E2 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
Compatibility
PC Throughput
  • PCIe 2.0 x4 slot or better is required. Use of a PCIe 1.0 x4 slot will reduce performance.

    Mac Pro Throughput
  • 2009-2010 Mac Pro: Installing Accelsior E2 into any open x4 or x16 PCIe 2.0 slot will deliver full throughput up to 785 MB/s.
  • 2008 Mac Pro: These models have two x16 PCIe 2.0 slots, which enable Accelsior E2 to deliver full throughput up to 785 MB/s. Installing Accelsior E2 into of the two x4 PCIe 1.0 slots will result in Accelsior E2 being addressed as a gen one, one-lane card with performance limited to real world 190 to 200 MB/s data rates.
  • 2006-2007 Mac Pro: These models utilize PCIe 1.0 slot which cannot be configured (even with the Expansion Utility in OS X) to address Accelsior E2 as anything but as a first generation one-lane card. As a result, Accelsior E2 performance will be limited to 190to 200 MB/s data rates.

    eSATA Expansion Ports
  • Compatible with all eSATA equipped storage solutions. (Requires 6 Gb/s certified cables for connecting to eSATA drives - available separately. Not compatible with port-multiplier enclosures. The eSATA ports do not support hot-swapping. Accelsior E2 eSATA ports are bootable.)
  • A sleep conflict may be encountered when using certain eSATA chipsets via the eSATA ports when booted to the Accelsior E2. See the specifications tab for affected solutions where System Sleep mode MUST be disabled in order to ensure reliable operation. Allowing system sleep to occur while one of the affected external drives is connected via the Accelsior E2 eSATA ports could result in loss of data following wake from sleep. Although the above are our general recommendations for use, wake from sleep has been determined to only be an issue when the Accelsior PCIe is used for startup (SSD or eSATA connected device). We are working with our partners to see that the sleep/wake function is fully supported with all solutions and startup scenarios.

    Dual Card Use/Booting
  • Dual Accelsior E2 Usage: The use of two or more Accelsior E2 SSDs requires OS X 10.6.8 or later.
  • Bootcamp. 2008 Mac Pro (with model ID MacPro3,1): only supported in PCIe slots #3 & #4. All models: To boot Windows via Bootcamp on Accelsior E2, only one Accelsior E2 SSD can be installed.
  • 2006-2008 Mac Pro (with model ID MacPro1,1; MacPro2,1; MacPro3,1): Due to an Apple limitation, any volume located on a Mercury Accelsior E2 SSD will not appear in the "option boot" menu. A volume installed on an Accelsior E2 can be set as the Mac Pro's boot volume through the "Startup Disk" pane in System Preferences.
  • In the Box
    OWC / Other World Computing 480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Storage
    Drive Capacity 480.00 GB
    Cache Memory Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Pre-Format Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Performance
    Interface PCIe 2.0 x2
    Maximum Read Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Write Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Random Read Speed 100,000 IOPS (4 KB Files)
    Random Write Speed 100,000 IOPS (4 KB Files)
    Sequential Read Speed 823 MB/s
    Sequential Write Speed 783 MB/s
    Latency 0.1 ms
    Physical
    Drive Type SSD
    Form Factor PCIe card
    Noise Level 0.0 dB (Active)
    0.0 dB (Idle)
    SSD Specs
    Flash Controller SandForce SF-2281
    Flash Memory Type  Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
    Flash Memory Grade Grade A / Tier 1
    Reliability / Data Integrity
    ECC Recovery 55 Bytes per 512 Bytes
    Encryption 128-Bit AES Hardware Encryption
    Electrical
    Power Draw Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
    Storage Temperature -67 to 302°F / -55 to 150°C
    Included Enclosure
    Interface 2 x eSATA II
    General
    Certifications AHCI, ENERGY STAR, RoHS, as per Manufacturer
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.7 x 0.8 x 7.1" / 12.0 x 2.1 x 18.0 cm
    Weight 3.0 oz / 85 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 7.1 x 3.2"
    480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring your Mac Pro into the modern age. I'm in the process of upgrading a 2008 4,1 Mac Pro eight core 2.66. I added memory and a 4gb video card. But the biggest improvement by far was the installation of this blade drive. It's like trading in a Camry for a Lambo. Do it. You won't regret it. The machine runs so much faster now than with a spinning drive. I'm getting about 650mbs. Be sure to install it in one of x16 slots for the fastest performance (your video card is in one of those slots, and this should be right next to it). This product saved me from buying a new iMac.
    Date published: 2016-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot Rod Indeed! I read about these cards from OWC and was wary of the promises, but honestly, for what my animation studio does, they are FANTASTIC. I installed one in each of my three 2010 Mac Pro towers and ran some speed tests. All applications load in seconds now (Photoshop CC2014 loads in 2.5 seconds, AfterEffects CC2014 in 8 seconds), but the REAL win was our AfterEffects render times decreased by 40% across the board when rendering back to the card. We did some head-to-head tests against our brand new 2014 Mac Pro and found it was only 10% faster than the old Macs with these cards installed. For the price, it's a no brainer. Installation was exceptionally simple: there may be other SSD solutions out there that are slightly cheaper, but treat yourself to this one for the ease ALONE.
    Date published: 2015-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring new life to an old computer. I am using this as the boot drive on a 12 - core Mac Pro 2010. All of my software had been hanging up and giving me the spinning wheel. I knew there was an issue with my old hard drive but instead of just replacing it, I decided to go this route. I don't quite get the speed stated...I get just under 600MB per sec. I will say it most decisively fixed my problem. This thing is fast!! and it does what it's supposed do. I just cloned my old drive and haven't messed with anything since.
    Date published: 2016-03-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works with MacPro2010 Overall - great product! Using it as a system drive for my MacPro2010 tower. My system holds are over! And now I have extra slot for another storage hard-drive! Speed wise however I've noticed my other MacPro2008 with OWC 480GB SSD drive (not Accelsior) opens apps faster and a little more responsive. Also when computer starts sometimes I can hear some noise, like that card is working hard, but then it goes away and everything is as usual.
    Date published: 2015-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blazing Fast! There is nothing like Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCIe SSD blades to give new life to your aging Mac Pro. As an owner of a Mac Pro 2008, purchasing this card was the best investment I could have done. Delivery was fast, well packaged and protected. Competitive priced. B&H doesn't disappoint
    Date published: 2014-05-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Fast! I would say not quite as fast as you'd think so expect 500-600 mb/s transfer. Great that you can get speed without filling up your hard drive slots and also have esata outs.
    Date published: 2015-06-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good product Is great, fast, solid and reliable. Computer boots in 10 seconds since off.
    Date published: 2014-04-17
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