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Aura Pro X
1.0TB SSD Add-On Solution for Mac mini (Late 2014 - Current)

Complete kit with tools and installation components for adding an internal Flash/SSD drive to a Mac mini not configured with a blade-style SSD
Discover the Incredible Power of X
The best just got better
The newest member of OWC's Aura family of high performance drives sets the new gold standard SSD add-on for PCIe-equipped Macs, with guaranteed compatibility and capacity to spare. Featuring up to 2.3x faster performance and more efficient power management for longer battery life, the new Aura Pro X raises the bar again.
Designed for High Sierra
Designed for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and beyond, the new Aura Pro X SSDs support the advanced features of APFS, including strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, file and directory cloning, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.
Cutting edge flash technology
Not all flash is created equal. The new Aura Pro X is manufactured with latest 3D MLC NAND flash, delivering superb dependability and unmatched speed. Up to 2.3x faster, it's the perfect add-on for your PCIe-equipped Mac.
Do it yourself
Adding an Aura Pro X SSD to your Mac is a simple DIY job. This add-on kit includes all the tools you need to add an Aura Pro X SSD to a Mac mini not originally configured with a blade-style SSD. Our comprehensive, free video installation guides mean an OWC expert is there to walk you through every step of the upgrade.
Guaranteed compatibility, no hassles or hacks
Aura Pro X PCIe-based flash storage upgrades are engineered specifically for your Mac, so you're never forced to compromise your data. No complicated software hacks or TRIM-enablers needed just to get the most from your upgrade. Install, migrate your data, and experience performance like never before and up to eight times more capacity.
Upgrade Easy with OWC
The OWC Aura Pro X add-on kit comes complete with everything you need for a simple DIY. Upgrading your Mac with OWC couldn't be easier.
The quality you depend on
Aura SSDs are proudly designed in Austin,TX, and are backed by an OWC limited warranty as well as a lifetime of free, award-winning USA-based support.

Release Candidate (RC) firmware set

There are two kinds of firmware for SSDs Mass Production (MP) and Release Candidate (RC). Prior to an MP firmware release, there are beta firmware releases and an RC firmware release. Often, the RC is the same as the MP release, however there can be small changes and bug fixes made between the two. OWC has evaluated the RC for the 6Gb/s SandForce 2281 Processor and found it to be stable with no issues reported during our testing. However, as with any evolutionary product, issues may surface as different usages and configurations are employed and it is important to understand that there will be further updates and revisions.

Since no firmware update is currently offered for the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, no update page exists. To see the typical steps involved with a self performed field firmware update, please visit our 3Gb/s product update page at: http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=sf_firmware.html

It is important to note that the current firmware update tool requires the use of Windows XP/Vista/7. OWC is currently working on a Mac OS based update tool, but we do not have an exact availability date.

960GB Aura Pro X SSD Specifications:


Capacity 1
960GB useable capacity
SMART Attributes
Standard 2
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
OS Requirements
macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later
Host Requirements 3
Must upgrade to macOS 10.13 or later, prior to installation
Bootcamp Support
RoHS Compliant


Height (max)
0.4 cm (0.2 in)
Width (max)
2.4 cm (0.9 in)
Length (max)
8.9 cm (3.5 in)
9.0 g (0.02 lbs)


TRIM Support
OS Dependent


Sequential Reads
(Compressible Data)
up to 1352MB/s
Sequential Writes
(Compressible Data)
up to 1066MB/s


Ambient Temperature
Operating: 32°F to 158°F (0°C to 70°C)
Ambient Temperature
Non-Operating: -40°F to 185°F (-40°C to 85°C)
Operating: -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
Non-Operating: -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)


Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels
  1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences. 
  2. Temperature reporting is currently an unsupported feature because due to the operating characteristics of SSDs, it is highly unlikely one would ever exceed an OWC Mercury SSD's stated operating temperature ceiling of 158F/70C. However, we are looking into supporting this feature in the future via a firmware update. Firmware updates can be found here: http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/OWC/SSD.
  3. macOS 10.13 and later versions include an EFI (firmware) update that adds support for the Aura Pro X to the host computer. If you do not first update the host firmware by installing macOS 10.13 or later onto the existing SSD, the Aura Pro X will not function properly once installed.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n S3DAPB4MM10K UPC#: 812437028195


This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2014)
(October, 2014)
Model ID: Macmini7,1
1.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz


Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.5 / 5 2 out of 2 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: RocChow
Rating: 4/5 work perfectly September 20, 2018 There is just one little thing that the screw for holding the SDD at the end was a wrong size on my package. I have to use my own tool to tighten it. Hope that will be noticed and fixed for the future orders. Other than that, I am loving the upgrade every single time that I use it!!!! It definitely turns a OK slowish Mac Mini 2014 to a beast!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 240GB OWC Aura Pro X SSD Add-In Solution for 2013 and Later Mac mini.

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: ac101 Location: USA Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Big performance April 16, 2018 Installation was very easy. I would note that for Mac Mini users, you'll want to note that if you have a late 2012 or later machine, your logic board should have two connections for storage drives. So, using this Aura Pro X will very likely be an ADDITION to whatever came with the system and not just a REPLACEMENT. I assume this would be true of iMac's of a certain year and beyond (the Fusion Drive technology uses two drives). My mini had a 500GB 5400RPM drive in it and it was nearly unusable in my opinion. I now have the Aura Pro X as my system drive and the original 500GB set up as Internal Storage. The difference in performance was "night and day." The 500GB drive was able to do Read/Writes around 50MB/sec and I think this drive is doing Read/Writes around 1,000+MB/sec. If you are wanting to remove the bottle necks on your system, this is the upgrade to do.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 480GB OWC Aura Pro X SSD Add-In Solution for 2013 and Later Mac mini.

OWC Aura Pro X 1.0TB SSD Add-On Solution for Mac mini (Late 2014 - Current) Mfr P/N: S3DAPB4MM10K OWC SKU: OWCS3DAPB4MM10K High performance NVME flash add-on solution, including tools and installation components. For Mac mini 2014 and later. 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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