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Other World Computing Announces Accelsior PCIe SSD Trade-Up Program

Enables Owners of Original Accelsior PCIe SSD Card to Maximize Their Technology Investment By: Trading-Up to New Accelsior_E2 from $50 to Gain Two Bootable 6Gb/s Expansion Interfaces for Connecting eSATA External Drives and Add Up to 32TB or More of Additional Storage Capacity, Adding Higher Capacity SSD Blades to Original Accelsior for Up to 960GB of Storage

April 25, 2013, Woodstock, IL Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, today announced the OWC Mercury Accelsior® PCIe SSD Trade-Up Program. The program enables owners of the original Accelsior PCIe card to trade up to a new Accelsior_E2 card and get a cash rebate or upgrade storage capacity up to 960GB with higher capacity Accelsior SSD blades. The new Accelsior_E2 card features two bootable 6Gb/s expansion interfaces for connecting eSATA external drives for the highest possible internal and external storage performance.

Three Step Card Trade-Up Program
  1. Purchase a $199.99 0GB Mercury Accelsior_E2 card. Customers who purchased the original Accelsior from 1/1/2013 and later can trade in the original card until May 15 and receive a $150 rebate. After May 15 and for customers who purchased the Accelsior 12/31/2012 and earlier, OWC will offer a $100 rebate.
  2. Transfer the original Accelsior's SSD blades to the new E2 card. The original Accelsior SSD blades are 100 percent compatible with the Accelsior_E2 and are Plug and Play easy to install by following OWC's 'how-to' video and 'how-to' guide.
  3. Send in the original card to receive rebate check. Visit www.macsales.com/rebates for complete details.
Upgrade Blade Capacity to Maximize Original Accelsior Investment
Originally introduced at the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, the Accelsior has been well received by computer users, praised on technology performance sites like macperformanceguide.com and barefeats.com, and awarded a Gold Stevie at the 2012 American Business Awards.

A key feature of the Accelsior is the ability to utilize larger Mercury Accelsior SSD blades when capacity needs increase. The OWC Accelsior Trade-Up Program provides an easy blade upgrade path of up to 960GB of SSD capacity and offers a cash back rebate up to $300 for the original blades. Accelsior SSD Trade-Up blades are immediately available in the following capacities:

480GB (2 x 240GB modules) $650.00
960GB (2 x 480GB modules) $1250.00

Accelsior_E2 Also Available as Complete Solution
A Plug and Play, ready to run Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCIe SSD card is also available for immediate ordering in the following dual Mercury Accelsior blade SSD capacity configurations: Speeds Up Booting, App Launches, and Intensive Processes
By utilizing the fastest data interface currently available in a Mac Pro or PC — the PCIe slot — the Accelsior_E2 offers nearly 3x the performance vs. a SSD in a SATA 2.0 3Gb/s drive bay with data rates up to 820MB/s. With speed well beyond 6Gb/s, owners of PCs and Apple Mac Pros can stop waiting for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process, as well as experience near instantaneous booting and application launches.

Adds Faster Than Factory Interface to Mac Pros
Featuring two 6Gb/s eSATA expansion interfaces, the Accelsior_E2 offers file transfer and backup speeds up to 6x as fast—600MB/s—than the fastest Mac Pro factory offered interface of FireWire 800, which offers up to 100MB/s speed. The two eSATA ports are fully bootable and ideal for a variety of application requirements, enabling up to 32TB or more of additional external drive capacity.

Use with Thunderbolt Equipped Apple MacBooks, iMacs, Mac mini, and PCs Too
The Accelsior_E2 isn't just for Mac Pros. By utilizing an external PCIe expansion chassis equipped with Thunderbolt™ technology, such as the OWC Mercury Helios®, the performance benefits of the Accelsior_E2 can also be enjoyed by customers with Mac or PC machines with the Thunderbolt interface.

Connect Single Solutions or Create RAID Array
Fully compatible with 1.5Gb/s, 3Gb/s, and/or 6Gb/s external drives, the Accelsior_E2 offers two eSATA storage expansion interfaces. Each interface can connect to a variety of OWC and NewerTech single and dual drive RAID solutions and other brand eSATA interface equipped solutions. By using Apple Disk Utility or SoftRAID with Macs, or various software RAID applications for PCs, customers can even create a RAID array between two connected drives.

Most Comprehensive SSD Line for Macs and PCs
The Accelsior_E2 SSD joins OWC's Mercury line of performance leading, world speed record-breaking SSDs for nearly every Mac and PC produced over the past decade in capacities from 44GB to 960GB starting from $64.99. For more information, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/

About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad® enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US-based technical support for Macintosh® users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net.

Widely recognized for the high quality of its products and exemplary customer service, OWC's industry awards and recognition include: Crain's Chicago Business 2009 and 2011-2012 "Fast Fifty" List of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 "Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America" list honoree 2007-2012, and Inc. "Hire Power Awards" honoree 2012; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009-2012; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010-2012; About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award for best Mac Peripheral Reseller; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 and 2011 Business Champion Award.
Company Contact:
Bill Herring
512-412-4009
bherring@macsales.com
Agency Contact:
Andy Marken
408-986-0100
andy@markencom.com
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