Friday, 7 May 2010


Let’s just get the article going by stating that this drive is a rocket of a SSD and if you want the best in performance right out of the gate, you have it here.  We were so accustomed to the huge success of the Intel drives in overall performance that we had to give the Intel a few runs just to see if we could get it anywhere near this monster.  For Mac owners considering an upgrade, this is definitely the way to go as it is geared specifically for the Mac with its new GC abilities but wait, it also has TRIM for those PC users wanting the best.


The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD is a May 2010 release available exclusively from Other World Computing and is identifiable by the letters ‘RE’ for 'Raid-Ready Enhanced' in the name. For those looking to trade performance for value and extra storage, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro is also available.  The RE SSD stands out with its 5 year warranty and industry leading  28% over provisioning.  Over provisioning is used to fine tune the Garbage Collection (GC) abilities of the drive for Mac systems and maintain peak performance throughout the life of the drive.

Controller:                          SandForce SF1200 Series Processor with 28% Over Provisioning
Bandwidth:                         Sustained Sequential Read: up to 285MB/s
                                             Sustained Sequential Write: up to 275MB/s
Read/Write Latency          Less than 0.1ms
Reliability:                          10,000,000 Mean Time To Failure (7x Better Than Competitors)
 Interface:                           SATA 1.5 Gb/s and 3.0 Gb/s
TRIM Support:                   Advanced TRIM Support in Windows 7
Operating Temp:              0ºC to +70ºC
Power Consumption:     Active: 550mW (.5W)Typical  Idle (DIPM): 50mW (.05W) Typical
Protection:                        ECC Recovery: Up to 24 bytes correctable per 512-byte secto
                                            Unrecoverable Read Errors: Less than 1 sector per 1017 bits read
Security:                            Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
Form Factor:                     2.5" Industry Standard Hard Drive
 Weight/Dimensions:      80 grams +/- 2 grams - 100.12mm x 70.06mm x 9.45mm
Warranty:                          5 Year OWC Warranty
Made in the USA:            Made in the U.S. from imported parts


Our test system is an Acer Timeline 1810T-6188 11.6" Laptop with an Intel SU9400 processor, 4Gb RAM, 4500HD graphics, and Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit for the OS.  It is in AHCI mode with the Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller displayed in Device Manager and Intels newest RST 9.6 software onboard.  The system has a Dell 22" external monitor and an Aluratek HD Docking Hub is used along with Acronis True Image in order to clone the SSDs for testing purposes.  The comparison drive is an Intel X25-m SSD.  Of benefit, this ultra-portable does an excellent job of demonstrating what little heat is produced by the SSDs resulting in less fan usage and increased battery life.

Software utilized for the review included Crystal Disk Mark, HDTune Pro, ATTO Benchmark, Boot Timer, Win7 WEI along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage. Both SSDs are tested within the same system and both installations are exact copies of one another.  All tests are conducted in Windows 7 safe mode, wherever possible, as this gives the truest result for evaluation purposes; the sole exception being PCMark Vantage which would not function in safe mode.

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