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The 480GB Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCIe SSD Card & Thunderbolt Chassis Kit from B&H combines an internal PCIe solid state drive card with a PCIe expansion chassis to make a high-speed external hard drive.
The 480GB Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCIe Solid State Drive 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.
Offering nearly three times the performance of a regular solid state drive in a SATA 2.0 3Gb/s drive bay, the Mercury Accelsior_E2 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_E2 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. For Mac Pro computers, the Mercury Accelsior_E2 can have a sustained read speed of 678MB/s and a sustained write speed of 687MB/s.
The Mercury Helios Thunderbolt PCI Express Expansion Chassis from Other World Computing is fast and flexible with up to 10 Gbps throughput. It's an ideal solution for high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture, video editing, media transcoding, audio processing and data storage. It is bootable with AHCI compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to six devices. Mercury Helios can use any half-length PCIe2.0 card (up to 6.5" (16.51 cm)) to provide a massive boost to your workflow. Thunderbolt equipped computers like the Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro now have the ability to tap into a wide variety of professional level performance PCIe cards.
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