If you’ve got the moolah and want to turbo-boost your Mac, Other World Computing’s OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD will fulfill your need for speed. It’s a consumer/prosumer-targeted SandForce Driven SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s Solid State Drive. 

Designed and built in the US utilizing such components as Tier 1/Grade A NAND, the OWC Mercury Electra delivers 556MB/second read and 523MB/second write sustained data rates for over 7X faster performance than a standard factory hard drive found in Mac and PC computers. Check out some specs at the Bare Feats site (http://barefeats.com/ssd6g.html).

Offering the SATA Revision 3.0 performance of a 6G SSD, the Mercury Electra 6G is great for high speed personal computing, home office environments, gaming, and production workstations. Whether you have a Mac with the SATA Revision 2.0 (3Gb/s) data bus or computer with the latest SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface, the OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD is able to deliver near bus saturating speed when installed in either interface.

Plus, the Electra can be incorporated into a RAID 1 or SPAN configuration. OWC Mercury SSDs offers such niceties as block management, wear leveling technologies, and real-time data redundancies. And thanks to SandForce DuraClass technology, the OWC Mercury Electra 6G is able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives.

By combining a high level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology along with 7% over provisioning reserve/overhead flash allocation, the OWC Mercury Electra 6G provides RAID-like data protection and reliability in a single drive application.

The price for all this great tech isn’t cheap. The OWC drive comes in three different options:
° 120GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G with Tier 1/Grade A NAND, US$229.99;
° 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G with Tier 1/Grade A NAND $479.99;
· 480GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G with Tier 1/Grade A NAND $929.99.

However, if you have the cash, the results can be money well spent. You’ll get noticeably faster startup and eye-popping response times with over 500MB/s peak sustained data rates

The Mercury Electra 6G is perfect for laptops, allowing you to get more life from your battery as there are no moving parts.

For more information on the OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD, including reseller inquiries, go to http://macte.ch/5valZ .

— Dennis Sellers