OWC / Other World Computing 960GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card

OWC / Other World Computing 960GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card

OWC / Other World Computing 960GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card

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Product Highlights

  • 960GB Storage Capacity
  • PCIe SSD Drive Card
  • PCIe 2.0 x2 Interface
  • Up to 756 MB/s Sustained Read Speeds
  • Up to 673 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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OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDPHWE2R960 overview

  • 1Description

The 960GB 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 756 MB/s read speed and up to a 673 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 756 MB/s read and 673 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
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 960GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDPHWE2R960 specs

    Drive Capacity 960.00 GB
    Interface PCIe 2.0 x2
    Random Read Speed 100,000 IOPS (4 KB Files)
    Random Write Speed 100,000 IOPS (4 KB Files)
    Sequential Read Speed 811 MB/s
    Sequential Write Speed 687 MB/s
    Latency 0.1 ms
    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 Integritydscqebqrax
    ECC Recovery 55 Bytes per 512 Bytes
    Encryption 128-Bit AES Hardware Encryption
    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
    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 / 85.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.7 x 7.1 x 3.0"

    OWC / Other World Computing OWCSSDPHWE2R960 reviews

    960GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD Card is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade option for older Mac I'm a digital artist, illustrator, designer and photographer. Installed this on mid-2010 Mac Pro tower. Made a huge difference! Faster boot, Photoshop and Illustrator open and save much faster as well. I also run CorelDRAW in Windows using VM Ware Fusion, very noticeable speed enhancement. Opening and saving files much snappier. Installs quickly and easily in PCI slot. All four hard drive bays now free for unlimited file storage and/or multiple Time Machine backups. If you have an older Mac Pro tower (2009 or newer) this upgrade is well worth it. 2009-2012 Mac Pros are designed to be upgraded and prices for SSDs have come down quite a bit since their introduction. Good investment to keep old gear running like new.
    Date published: 2017-03-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Performs as advertised. Installed a a few minutes. Partitioned with a small 20gb swap partition for Adobe and did a restore from my Mac Boot drive to make the larger partition my new bootable OS X disk. Boots fine and is much faster, although one of my external WD drives causes the boot process to lock if it is on at boot time. This is a known issue though and has nothing to do with the E2.
    Date published: 2015-12-11
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