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OWC Announces New 1.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD

PR_SSD7ElectraOther World Computing today announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5” Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. Perfect for Mac or PC with 960GB net storage, the Mercury Electra 6G family of SSDs represents the peak in performance and capacity for any application.

Leveraging more than two decades of experience in developing award-winning Mac upgrades and enhancement products, OWC offers the 1TB Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD with compelling features including:

  • Industry leading controller technologies on board for reliability and degradation-free performance
  • Sustained transfer rates up to 535/443MBps read/write
  • Engineered for Mac – no extra software or hacks needed
  • Designed and assembled in the USA
  • Lab tested for compatibility, speed, and reliability
  • Easy DIY installation with step-by-step install videos
  • 24/7 award-winning technical support

“At OWC, we’re always trying to give our customers more. More capacity, greater performance and exceptional reliability. Our new 1.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD raises the bar for high-performance SSDs,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, OWC. “At twice the previous max-capacity, it’s now an even better drive upgrade solution, and always comes backed by our famous 24/7 customer support.”

The Mercury Electra 6G delivers staggering real-world performance for virtually any application and is backed by OWC’s award-winning U.S.-based customer service and 3-year SSD limited warranty, providing a compelling solution for professionals and prosumers that supports the growing high performance storage requirements with the utmost in speed and reliability.

The 1.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD is available for immediate ordering. The Mercury Electra 6G is also available in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB configurations.

More information and immediate availability for the new Mercury Electra SSDs is available online. Visit the OWC Mac Selection Guide where you can easily find an OWC SSD for nearly every Apple Mac model.

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  • Hi,

    We noticed this drive for sale on your site days before this actual product announcement, and have been looking forward to learning more.

    With this new 1TB OWC 2.5” Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD, we see that OWC is using a new, different flash controller, the Silicon Motion SM2246EN — in contrast with the SandForce 228x Series controllers which OWC employs in its other Mercury Electra and Mercury EXTREME Pro SSDs.

    You can anticipate our questions.

    How does this relate to TRIM, when using this drive with OS X (10.9, 10.10) — and with other operating systems?

    Notably, another SSD vendor that also uses the Silicon Motion SM2246EN, actually engineers its SSDs for Mac in a way that the drive identifies itself to OS X as an “Apple” SSD, and hence OS X automatically uses TRIM with that drive for optimal drive performance — no extra software or hacks needed. (That vendor has privately informed customers that a 1TB model is supposedly forthcoming shortly.)

    With your new 1TB OWC 2.5” Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD, “no extra software or hacks needed” either, according to your description.

    Does OS X automatically use TRIM with this 1TB OWC 2.5” Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD? If so, will that be reflected in the System Information report?

    If OS X does not automatically use TRIM with this 1TB OWC 2.5” Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD — will using “extra software or hacks” (or other operating systems) that enable TRIM on *all* installed non-Apple SSDs which support TRIM, actually degrade (or, possibly improve?) the performance and longevity of the 1TB OWC 2.5” Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD?

    We currently use OWC SSDs, anticipate purchasing more of them, and have been desperately needing an as-yet-to-be-announced “1TB OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro,” or functional equivalent, since the end of 2011. We check regularly for such a product. We will use that product both individually as boot drives, and in bootable and non-bootable software-based RAID 0 arrays, both internally with SATA 3, and externally over Thunderbolt, with various versions of OS X, and other operating systems.

    We dislike the fact that, as Mac users with high performance needs, TRIM is still even an issue we need to be concerned about when buying and installing an SSD, or in using OWC SSDs in conjunction with other, non-Apple SSDs on the same system.


    • PS. We will also manually configure the SSDs with 28% over provisioning, for optimal performance and longevity. This also contributes to our need for more and higher-capacity drives.

      Too bad Viper turned out to be vaporware, at least so far.

    • Thank you for your interest in this drive. The SSD doesn’t identify as an Apple SSD, so OSX still doesn’t provide TRIM support for our 1TB 6G SSD. That said, while the controller has changed we still have the drive set up to not rely on TRIM to keep running just fine. If you have any further questions, please contact our tech support team via phone at 800-869-9152, or 815-338-8685 internationally; by chat; or by e-mail.

      • Thanks, Alex! Appreciate your response, which helps clarify matters. Wish the incompressible data rates were better. Hopefully MPG or Barefeets will benchmark soon.