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Aura Pro X
1.0TB SSD Upgrade Solution for Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Complete Internal Flash/SSD Drive Upgrade Kit with Tools & OWC Envoy Pro Enclosure
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 upgrade for PCIe equipped Macs, with guaranteed compatibility and capacity to spare. Featuring up to 2.3x faster performance and more efficient power management, 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. It's the perfect upgrade for your PCIe-equipped Mac.
Take the factory SSD with you
The OWC Aura Pro X upgrade kit includes the award-winning Envoy Pro SSD enclosure, allowing you to easily repurpose the factory-installed Mac Pro SSD as an elegant aluminum-body USB 3.0 external drive for incredible portable performance.1
Do it yourself
Upgrading the PCIe-based SSD in your Mac is a simple DIY job. The upgrade kit includes all the tools you need. 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 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 upgrade kit comes complete with everything you need for a simple DIY upgrade. And OWC's comprehensive, free install videos guide you through the process step-by-step. 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.
Important Note: The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure has been specifically designed for use ONLY with select Apple Flash SSDs from most 2013 to 2015 Mac models. Do NOT attempt to install or use an OWC Aura, Aura Pro, Aura Pro X or Aura Pro X2 SSD in the Envoy Pro as you can damage the OWC SSD, enclosure, or both. Such damage is not covered under warranty.

Please Note: The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure is not compatible with stock Apple Toshiba drives. Please see the Knowledge Base article on Envoy Pro (PCIe): Apple Stock Drive Compatibility for further details.

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.

1.0TB Aura Pro X SSD Specifications:


Capacity 1
1000GB 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


TRIM Support
OS Dependent


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

Envoy Pro Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • OS
    • OS X 10.3 or later
    • Windows XP or later
    • Linux OS with support for USB 3.0
  • Driver
    • Driver not required

Hardware Requirements

  • Mac or PC featuring USB 3.0 interface


  • Any Mac that supports booting via USB

Interface (Chipset)

  • (1) USB 3.0 Micro-B (PLX USB 3380)


  • Up to 500 MB/s Read and Write
  • Note(s)
    • Speeds will vary based on drives used, setup, and other factors.


  • Operation
    • Bus-powered via USB port
  • Note(s)
    • Requires USB 3.0 standard powered port. USB 2.0 use not supported or recommended.


  • Environmental (Operating)
    • Altitude -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
  • Environmental (Non-Operating)
    • Ambient Temperature Non-Operating: 41°F to 104°F (5°C to 40°C)
    • Altitude -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)


  • Height: 0.4 in (1.0 cm)
  • Width: 2.1 in (5.3 cm)
  • Length: 4.5 in (11.4 cm)

Weight (without drive)

  • 3.4 oz (96.4 g)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n S3DAPB4MP10K UPC#: 812437028270


This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro
(December, 2013)
Model ID: MacPro6,1
2.7GHz 3.0GHz, 3.5GHz, 3.7GHz


Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 25 out of 25 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: jaclaus Location: Woodbridge, VA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Product October 1, 2018 Purchased 1TB OWC SSD for my MacPro ("Trashcan"). It was very easy to install. I chose to do a fresh install of OSX High Sierra and have had not problems with the drive. Only issue I had was instead of the full on "torx" drivers I received an "L"-shaped allen wrench, which worked fine for the torx screws in my MacPro, but it did not work at all on the Envoy Pro Enclosure that I put my old 265GB SSD (I need to get that torx driver to secure the enclosure), but the old SSD is up and usable in the Enclosure. The 1TB drive is very quick.

Thanks OWC for a great upgrade product.

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Reviewer: MikeT Location: Little Rock, AR Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good product. Instructions are contradictory. July 30, 2018 The Aura Pro X SSD is working great. No issues with its performance or the enclosure for the extracted SSD. If you're like me and read all of the instructions and watch installation videos before plowing forward, you may notice a discrepancy in the instructions for the installation of a heat "shield" and heat "sink".

The clamshell case that contained the OWC Aura Pro X had a sticker that said "2013 Mac Pro requires heatshield. OWC p/n: OWCCAURAPROXHS". However a small printed sheet of paper that came with the order said "2013 Mac Pro Heat Sink Installation Please install the included heat sink to ensure the drive runs at the proper temperature. ..."

The thing that made these instructions confusing is that the factory SSD module I removed from the Mac Pro had a black plate-like piece attached to one side that I would characterize more like a heat SHIELD rather than a SINK since it was a solid piece of metal, relatively thick and lacked any heat radiating fins that I would associate with a heat SINK. I didn't purchase the OWC heatshield that was mentioned on the SSD clamshell and instead installed the heat SINK (with fins) that came with my order. All is working well. Unfortunately the installation instruction video didn't mention adding a heat shield or heat sink. The video was produced before either of these additions were recommended.

Love the OWC SSD volume Icon! See attached. It inspired me to change the long-standing name of my startup volume from 'Macintosh HD' to 'Macintosh SSD'. It really pops.

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Reviewer: humperdink Location: houston, tx Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works Great! May 23, 2018 No issues here. Just make sure everything lines up and follow the directions for replacing your ssd and you should be good to go!

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Reviewer: GiantSalamander Location: New York City Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy install - Fast drive February 20, 2018 Finally I had an afternoon to pull out the stock 250gb SSD drive from the MacPro yesterday so I plunged into the task. The task wasn't hard at all compared to other drive upgrades I've done with other Macs but there are a few quirks that you need to expect. 1) The Envoy Pro enclosure that comes with this kit is specially made for the original 2013 MacPro SSD drive so you can't use it with the Aura Pro X SSD. If in the past you cloned the system drive to the new drive in an enclosure, you can't do that here. No big deal. 2) The MacPro will start up slowly the first time after you install the Aura Pro X, at least it did with me so expect that. 3) If you decide to use Carbon Copy Cloner instead of the OWC recommended method, you will have to reinstall OS X on the Aura Pro X as the operating system is different on the original SSD drive. While using CCC worked for me it required three reboots, one to boot from the original drive now in the enclosure, the second from OSX Recovery disk to download the new OS and a third to finish the installation. Even with the reboots, the whole process took around 2 hours. Unless you are reasonably experienced, I recommend to follow OWC's instructions. The Aura Pro X is noticeably fast than the original drive, The MacPro boots faster, loads programs faster and the extra drive space is appreciated.

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Reviewer: WhiskeyMike Location: Massachusetts Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Painless and worth it January 2, 2018 I'll keep this short. I bought and installed a 1GB Aura Pro SSD. It took only a few minutes, most of the time spend cleaning the dust off the cooling fins of the Mac. It installed painlessly, booted right up with the old drive, OS transfer was very fast, and moments later I was done. Painless, fast, and secure. Oh, I placed one called to support during install, file system related, was cleared up in less than a minute.

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Reviewer: RogerGr Location: Morristown, NJ Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great upgrade to the MacPro December 24, 2017 My "trash can" MacPro was bought when they first came out and I ordered it with only 256 GB of ram assuming an upgrade would be available soon. No such luck. The Aura Pro X SSD is great. Bought it with the Envoy to make migration easier and it took about 1 hour soup to nuts and I am up and running with a 1Tb SSD that is much faster than the original drive! Kudos to Other World for this product!

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Reviewer: SteiveL Location: London Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Beware of installation issues November 18, 2017 Two points to be aware of when installing: 1) compared to the OEM Apple drive it took a lot more force to get the SSD properly inserted and seated into the slot, although eventually that was possible 2) After using Cmd+Option+R and entering Disk Utility (DU) it took several attempts at opening and closing disk utility for the OWC Aura Pro X drive to appear in the list of all connected drives so it could be formatted. After contacting OWC support I was told this is a known issue and to just keep tying until it shows up in DU. However, that was not documented on the site and would have been helpful / reassuring to know.

Having said that drive now installed and successfully running 10.13.1 and running well.

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Response from MacSales.com, Call Center November 20, 2017 Hello! I'm very sorry to hear about any issues you may have had when installing the Aura Pro X. The Disk Utility glitch is new to 10.13, and can occur with any unformatted drive. We do have a bit about this in our knowledge base, here: https://eshop.macsales.com/Service/Knowledgebase/Article/10/729/Aura-Pro-X-SSDs-1013-Requirement I do apologize that this was not made more apparent on the product page. As always, if you have any questions, please let us know and we'll be happy to help!
OWC Aura Pro X 1.0TB SSD Upgrade Solution for Mac Pro (Late 2013) Mfr P/N: S3DAPB4MP10K OWC SKU: OWCS3DAPB4MP10K High performance NVME flash upgrade solution, including tools & enclosure. For 2013 Mac Pro 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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