Apricon (http://www.apricorn.com) has introduced the Mac Array, a turnkey solution for instantly increasing your Mac Pro’s processing power. Designed specifically for Mac Pro systems, the Apricorn Mac Array internal SSD RAID is designed to bridge the gap between your computer’s high capacity hard drive and your system’s RAM, acting as virtual memory, for a performance increase of up to 10 times.
Aimed at the creative market, the Mac Array is the ideal tool for high performance applications such as video editing, animation and image processing, says Mike McCandless, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Apricorn. Built around four 128GB solid state drives on Apricorn’s specially designed SATA PCIe Host Card, the Mac Array’s form factor adds a total of 512GB of virtual memory to your system, yet uses only one internal full length PCIe X4 slot, keeping the other slots and drive bays free for expansion.
Fully configurable, the Mac Array can be used singularly or with a second or even third Mac Array for even greater performance. McCandless says the Mac Array takes just minutes to install and comes pre-configured with the Mac BIOS and RAID 0 (striping) for maximum performance. Remove your Mac Pro’s side panel, slide the Mac Array into an available PCIe X4 slot, replace the side panel and install the included driver. Your system will instantly recognize the newly installed drives.
The Mac Array is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 32-bit systems. It works with Apple Final Cut Pro, iMovie, iPhoto, ProTools, Adobe Premiere, Aperture, Photoshop, Lightroom, Sony Vegas, Avid Liquid, and other apps.