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OWC

Aura Pro X2
480GB Solid-state Drive
for select 2013 and later Macs

Mac
High performance NVMe flash upgrade
Your Mac. More Space. Twice as Fast.
Keep On Innovating
Tight deadlines, long nights, and terabytes of media – your Mac has been with you through it all. If storage is tight, there's no reason to ditch the Mac you know and love. The Aura® Pro X2 SSD gives you up to 16 times more space and the speed to keep up with your imagination today and tomorrow. Upgrade your Mac with Aura Pro X2 SSD for a fraction of the cost of a new model and keep your Mac running for years.
Blazing Fast and Super Cool
Aura Pro X2 combines speed, stamina, and efficiency that will change the way you experience your Mac. With read speeds reaching 3282MB/s and write speeds of 2432MB/s, the 480GB Aura Pro X2 is up to twice as fast as the original SSDs, delivering performance on par with the latest models. It runs cooler and consumes less power than earlier SSD models, so you can run at peak for longer than ever.
Maintain Your Edge
When it's go time, getting off the line and maintaining a high level of performance are equally important. Aura Pro X2 is engineered with advanced SLC caching, providing instant full-speed write acceleration, meaning those media projects and games stream fluidly and respond without lag time. You might even forget what that beachball looks like.
Continuous Compatibility
Aura Pro X2 is designed for the latest macOS versions (macOS High Sierra 10.13 and later), taking full advantage of the advanced features of APFS including: strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.
Right-Sized for Work and Play
The smaller stock SSDs for Mac can fill up quickly, especially with photo and video files, games, or even your email. Aura Pro X2 SSDs are available in capacities up to 2TB, giving you more space to work and play. Newly calibrated to use less power and run cooler, Aura Pro X2 is the best way to upgrade your PCIe equipped Mac.
No Hassles or Hacks Compatibility
Aura Pro X2 PCIe-based flash storage upgrades are precisely engineered for your Mac laptop, so you'll never need to compromise your data by relying on complicated software hacks or TRIM-enablers to get the most from your upgrade. Just install, migrate your data, and enjoy the great performance of flash storage with up to 16 times the capacity of the factory-installed drive.
7% Over Provisioning
OWC SSDs perform maintenance tasks in the background that optimize the health, performance, and endurance of your flash drive. These jobs take advantage of available, unwritten areas on the SSD. Aura Pro X2 PCIe-based flash storage reserves 7% of the overall capacity as free space. Always. With this allocated free space, Aura SSDs can perform these normal maintenance tasks making your drive more stable, dependable, and ultimately a safer place to store your data.
Quality That Lasts
Aura Pro X2 SSDs are proudly designed in Austin and are backed by a lifetime of free, award-winning USA-based support.

480GB Aura Pro X2 SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Controller
Silicon Motion SM2262EN Series Processor with 7% over-provisioning
NAND
3D TLC Synchronous NAND Flash
Form Factor
Custom blade
Interface
PCIe 3.1 x4, NVMe 1.3
Capacity
480GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components: 512GB
32 GB Allocated to real-time data redundancy and error correction
Formatted Capacity
447GiB
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCS3DAPT4MB05
OS Requirements
macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later
Host Requirements
Must upgrade to macOS 10.13 or later, prior to installation
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
2.6mm (0.102″)
Width (max)
22.0mm (0.866″)
Length (max)
89.0mm (3.504″)
Weight
8.0g (0.28oz)

Reliability

MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
1,500,000
Data Reliability
ECC Recovery
Endurance
225TB total bytes written (TBW)
TRIM Support
OS Dependent

Performance

Average Access Time
<0.1 ms
Sequential Read (Max)
up to 3282MB/s
Sequential Write (Max)
up to 2432MB/s

Power

Read Power
5.7 W
Write Power
5.7 W
Seek Power
5.7 W
Idle Power
0.3 W

Environmental (Operating)

Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
5% to 95%
Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Shock
1500G / 0.5ms
Temperature (°F)
-40°F to 185°F
Temperature (°C)
-40°C to 85°C

Acoustics

Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels

Notes

  • 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. 
  • In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity if shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
  • The Aura Pro X2 is a high performance PCIe 3.1 x4 NVMe SSD capable of performing in excess of 3000MB/s in Macs with PCIe3.0 x4 SSD slot. Performance can vary depending on many factors, including the Mac model and its drive bus specifications. Please check the compatibility section and the detailed specs for your Mac model's drive bus specifications.
  • Sequential read/write (max) performance numbers are based on testing with AJA System Test (4K-Full resolution, 64GB file size, 16bit RGBA codec, file per frame test) on a Mid 2015 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro11,4).
  • Not compatible with Apple Boot Camp on MacBookPro11,1 or MacBookAir6,1 or MacBookAir6,2.
  • When upgrading from an AHCI SSD used in some older Mac models (2013-2014), you may observe a slight increase in boot times. Read the Knowledge Base article to learn more.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n S3DAPT4MB05 UPC#: 810586031981

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Note: Installing an Aura Pro X2 SSD in a Mac Pro (Late 2013), Mac mini (Late 2014), or iMac (Late 2013 - Current) requires additional tools and/or hardware. For complete installation solutions, see:
This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina display Mid 2015)
(May, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,5
2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina display Mid 2015)
(May, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,4
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Early 2015)
(March, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro12,1
2.7GHz, 2.9GHz, 3.1GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,3
2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,3
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.0GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,2
1.8GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Early 2015)
(March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,2
1.6GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Early 2015)
(March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,1
1.6GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Early 2014)
(April, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2
1.4GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Early 2014)
(April, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,1
1.4GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013)
(June, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2
1.3GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2013)
(June, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,1
1.3GHz, 1.7GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2014)
(October, 2014)
Model ID: Macmini7,1
1.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz
OWC Helios
Accelsior 1A
Apple Factory SSD
PCIe Adapter Card

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.5 / 5 65 out of 76 (86%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: NabeelFA
Rating: 2/5 Not fully 1tb September 10, 2021 I watched the videos to change it and added some more from YouTube, unfortunately I couldn’t reach the 1tb exactly on the ssd and there is 2 volumes which I don’t know how to remove it… The thing that made me change my HDD to Ssd is that many reviewers mentioned the sudden death of HDD after 6 years and I had one of my HDD stopped working!

This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade (Blade Only) for Select 2013 & Later Macs.

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Reviewer: mvaone
Rating: 5/5 perfecto! September 9, 2021 easy install works flawlessly.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade (Blade Only) for Select 2013 & Later Macs.

Response from OWC, Support September 10, 2021 Thank you for the feedback!
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Reviewer: FantasticWasp-25788
Rating: 5/5 Great Upgrade September 7, 2021 Easy to install and the upgrade was easy and great. I now have plenty of space.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support September 9, 2021 Thank you for your feedback! Happy to hear you will not have more space for your machine!
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Reviewer: iAmRockinRich
Rating: 5/5 Works great. August 27, 2021 Works great and easy to install. Definitely made my late 2013 faster. Love the extra room now.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade (Blade Only) for Select 2013 & Later Macs.

Response from OWC, Support August 30, 2021 Thank you for providing us with this feedback. Please feel free to reach out to our support team if further assistance is needed.
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Reviewer: AdorableSailfish-37109
Rating: 4/5 It was easy to install August 26, 2021 it is doing waht i expect for it to do. I love it,

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Response from OWC, Support August 26, 2021 Woohoo! Glad to hear! Very glad to hear that you love our products. We love them too and that's why we are happy to provide them to you. Thanks for the review. :)
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Reviewer: FierceCrocodile-23633
Rating: 1/5 doesn't work August 24, 2021 Ran 20 mins with Time Machine then a "O" with slash through it shows up in middle of screen. After 3 hard restarts same thing. Had to put back old hard drive sadly. Waste of time. Tech support is slow as well still no reply. For the money I could have gotten one for $75 cheaper on Amazon with better speeds.

This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade (Blade Only) for Select 2013 & Later Macs.

Response from OWC, Support August 25, 2021 Thank you for your review and for bringing this to our attention. We are very sorry to hear that you are having an issue with your drive and for any delay in response from our team. To work with us directly could you please contact us at 1-800-275-4576 as we would be happy to help.
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Reviewer: FierceCrocodile-23633
Rating: 1/5 Didn’t work August 24, 2021 Created a big “O” With a slash diagonally through it after 15 minutes of running my Time Machine update restart it three times same problem had to pull the drive out old drive back in very disappointed as I spent 50% more on this particular brand from OWC but I could’ve got from a comparable and faster speed on Amazon

This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade (Blade Only) for Select 2013 & Later Macs.

Response from OWC, Support August 25, 2021 Thank you for providing this feedback. I do apologize to hear this has happened. Our team will be reaching out to you for more information regarding the purchase.
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Reviewer: FaithfulRat-15739
Rating: 5/5 Great service August 23, 2021 Very good service Thanks

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 24, 2021 Glad to hear you are satisfied with your purchase, please let us know if we can help you with anything else!
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Reviewer: OutstandingFinch-1631
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised August 23, 2021 Easy to find items to purchase. Tech support provides answers to questions you didn't ask - as if they can read your mind. Prices are competitive.

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Response from OWC, Support August 24, 2021 Glad to hear your experience with our "mind reading" techs was a positive one ahaha, if you need any further assistance please don't hesitate to reach out to us at support@owc.com!
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Reviewer: Reno_cvl
Rating: 5/5 It works August 21, 2021 It worked as expected. No issues.

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Reviewer: Guglielmo
Rating: 5/5 Perfectly compatible and extremely fast August 19, 2021 Mounted to replace a previous 1.0TB OWC Aura (firts model). Definitely of a higher level, it heats much less and is much faster than the previous model.

Extremely satisfied.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade (Blade Only) for Select 2013 & Later Macs.

Response from OWC, Support August 19, 2021 Very glad to hear and thank you for that 5 star review! We work to improve our products and make them work the way our customer's need them too. Feel free to reach out anytime anything is needed :)
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Reviewer: steveminne
Rating: 5/5 Exactly as needed August 17, 2021 An old MacBook Air with failing SSD. OWC had the part for repair.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 17, 2021 Happy to see we had the SSD for your old Macbook Air! Thank you for your feedback!
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Reviewer: CuteTurtle-13184
Rating: 5/5 Great , as usual August 15, 2021 Drive works great, installed with no problems...

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 17, 2021 Great to hear! Appreciate your business and hope to see you again in the future!
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Reviewer: ProudGecko-27641
Rating: 5/5 Aura Pro X2 SSD August 10, 2021 It worked as advertised. Thank you

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 11, 2021 Glad to hear you are satisfied with your purchase, please let us know if we can help you with anything else!
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Reviewer: waderackley
Rating: 5/5 A New, Faster SSD August 9, 2021 This outperforms the eight-year-old Apple-branded SSD. I have all my computers using iCloud Desktop, and store nothing at all locally; it is all in the cloud. I wanted a more modern drive, and I have never come close to filling up the stock 500 GB drive, so the 480 Aura Pro X2 SSD is just fine for how I use my computer. (All my Macs use iCloud Desktop, so I store nothing locally these days. I could have easily dropped down to 250 GB to save money, but even if I know I will never fill up this 480 GB SSD I could not go that far "backward" in size, heh, heh, heh…) I was worried that my 2013 MBA would not be able to fully utilize this drive's abilities/speed, but so far have been very impressed with it, using Big Sur. After having made my purchase I read a lot of negative things, but all that was written some years ago, and I do not think the issues raised in these posts ever panned out, or perhaps they were addressed. I like this drive, so far. I might clone what I have now (including an install of CineBench) to the old SSD and run some diagnostics to see whether or not it is an actual improvement. Maybe not, though. It is an eight-year-old laptop, so I am pretty happy that I have been able to give it this new lease on life using products from OWC, including a new battery, MagSafe 2 charger, and SSD.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support August 10, 2021 AWWW ?? thank you so much for this awesome review. We are so happy that our Aura Pro X2 has exceeded your expectations waderackley. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, comments, or concerns. Phone 1-800-275-4576 or +1-815-338-8685 Customer Service/Sales & Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday (9am-5pm CT) - Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Customer Service/Sales - Monday-Friday (7am-10pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm CT). Thanks for choosing OWC, and have a great day!
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Reviewer: tv2001
Rating: 1/5 480 gig ssd aura pro x2 August 7, 2021 Slower than original drive. average read and write speeds are 1480, no where near advertised speeds. MacBook Pro 2015 i7 16 gigs of ram

Response from OWC, Support August 10, 2021 Apologies for the poor experience. Read/write speeds are always theoretical peak, not a constant throughput. If you're unhappy, please feel free to contact us through email support[at]owc.com for possible troubleshooting tricks or a refund within 30 days after purchase
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Reviewer: marc1155
Rating: 5/5 Great service, good prices. August 7, 2021 Customer support rep walked me through installing the OS and it was a breeze.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: TalentedCobra-97009
Rating: 5/5 Perfect product and delivery August 3, 2021 Couldn’t be any better. Easy upgrade and efficient one for reasonable price

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Response from OWC, Support August 4, 2021 Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We are delighted to hear you are pleased with the SSD upgrade and services!
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Reviewer: HelpfulPossum-19385
Rating: 5/5 Satisfied customer July 24, 2021 Efficient process, quick delivery, good product. Thank you.

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Response from OWC, Support July 26, 2021 You&#039;re welcome! We are glad that we were able to have your new order in a timely manner! Thank you for your review and for being valued OWC customer!
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Reviewer: ToughLadybug-63287
Rating: 5/5 Easy as pie July 21, 2021 Not being well versed in Mac hard drive upgrade it was very easy and saved me tons of money buying a new laptop with bigger hard drive. The conversion was easy as pie

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from 2.0TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Upgrade (Blade Only) for Select 2013 & Later Macs.

Response from OWC, Support July 21, 2021 Thanks for your awesome review! We are so glad that this installation and experience has been a breeze for you!
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Reviewer: Hiaguy
Rating: 5/5 Perfect upgrade July 16, 2021 Great product, great price, and fast shipping. My laptop feels like new. Couldn't ask for more.

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Response from OWC, Support July 16, 2021 We are so glad to hear that your like top now feels like new with your new 1TB SSD Upgrade. We thank you for your review and for being a loyal OWC customer!
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Reviewer: OutstandingWolf-8784
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic upgrade July 12, 2021 Item arrived quickly, easy to install

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Response from OWC, Support July 13, 2021 Thanks for that review as well as the compliments! :) We work hard to provide "Fantastic Upgrades" to make experiences on the Mac more enjoyable than ever before. However we do see it important to not only provide a product but make sure we can get it delivered in a timely fashion. Again I am so glad to hear that this upgrade went all great and arrived in a timely fashion, and we look forward to helping you further in the future. :)
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Reviewer: KindAngelfish-79796
Rating: 5/5 Fast....thank you OWC July 9, 2021 Fast delivery and excellent product....thank you OWC

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Response from OWC, Support July 9, 2021 Glad to hear you are satisfied with your purchase, please let us know if we can help you with anything else!
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Reviewer: 5000KLight
Rating: 5/5 Easy to order, arrived on time. June 28, 2021 Ordering a SSD upgrade for my 2013 MacBook Air was made easy with OWC's website. It helped me identify the right product and tutorials to install it myself. The upgrade from a 150GB drive to 480GB was badly needed and has made my MacBook Air a useable portable laptop for my photo-assignments.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Response from OWC, Support June 29, 2021 That is Excellent to hear! We are happy to hear that you were able to navigate our website with ease and were able to locate the 480GB SSD upgrade kit so you can have a more portable laptop for your photography needs! Thank you for being a loyal OWC customer!
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Reviewer: LivelyWoodchuck-80815
Rating: 4/5 so far so good June 24, 2021 arrived when promised, no trouble with installation

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Response from OWC, Support June 25, 2021 Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you have received your SSD in a timely manner and that you were able to successfully upgrade your machine!
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