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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD Delivers 853MB/s Write And 1GB/s (1000MB/s) Read Performance In FirmTek RAID 0 Performance Test

Leading manufacturer FirmTek chooses award-winning OWC Solid State Drive to demonstrate performance gain SeriTek/2ME4-E PCI-E eSATA card offers external RAID 0 storage solution users

August 13, 2010, Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today leading controller card manufacturer FirmTek utilized four OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE 200GB SSDs to achieve 853MB/s write and 1000MB/s (1GB/s) read data transfer rates. The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD was selected by FirmTek to highlight performance gains that can be experienced by external eSATA port equipped RAID 0 storage solution users when using FirmTek’s SeriTek/2ME4-E controller card, which features FirmTek’s new 6.0.0fc18 driver.

Complete test results are available at: http://www.firmtek.com/seritek/seritek-2me4-e/perform/

SeriTek/2ME4-E + OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD = Amazing RAID 0 Performance
The FirmTek SeriTek/2ME4-E is a must have controller card whenever the highest level of external data storage and/or backup performance is required for intensive audio/video editing, HD-video, digital photography, music, and graphics applications. With four 200GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration connected to two SeriTek/2ME4-E controller cards, consistent average write performance of 851MB/s and average read performance of 997MB/s can be achieved. The 4-port eSATA host adapter card for all Mac Pro and late 2005 PowerMac G5 models with an available PCI-Express slot features Port Multiplier and Snow Leopard 64- and 32-bit compatibility.

For more information on the SeriTek/2ME4-E eSATA controller card or to purchase, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Firmtek/SATA2ME4E/

For more information on the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce

“We’re very flattered a well-respected industry leader like FirmTek selected our SSDs with which to conduct their performance testing,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “From the pro user to the professional doing real-time editing of high definition video, these are proven products that provide the options needed to meet today’s ever more demanding data performance needs.”

About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) 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 Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member, 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 OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 “Fast 50” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 Top 100 Computers & Electronics Companies 2007 to 2009; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld MagazineTop Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award. In March 2010, OWC’s corporate campus was awarded LEED Platinum Certification (http://eshop.macsales.com/green/index.html) by the Green Building Certification Institute. Platinum is the highest achievable level of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program's inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. On a local level, OWC also became the first privately owned light manufacturing/assembly building in Illinois to obtain LEED Platinum status. 

About FirmTek, LLC
Headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded by former Apple engineers, FirmTek is a leading hardware and firmware research and development company focusing on storage technologies. The company takes pride in developing the most reliable and most compatible high performance enhancement solutions offered through FirmTek's OEM and worldwide distribution channels. For information on how FirmTek helps users deploy, and organizations develop, advanced interface solutions, visit FirmTek's website at www.firmtek.com. Photo at: http://eshop.macsales.com/NewsRoom/images/PR_FIRMTEKmacproSSD.jpg Company Contact:
Bill Herring
512-412-4009
bherring@macsales.com
Agency Contact:
Andy Marken
408-986-0100
andy@markencom.com