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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD: Will high prices equal extreme performance?

OWC announces new solid-state drives based on the new SATA 3 (6Gbps) standard that offer high performance.

The new OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G solid-state drive. Will its performance justify its higher-than-most price?
The new OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G solid-state drive. Will its performance justify its higher-than-most price? OWC

While traditional hard drives are made by just a few companies, such as Western Digital and Seagate, solid-state drives (SSDs)--which are based on a completely different technology similar to that of system memory--are made by a much larger crowd of vendors. And today Other World Computing introduced its own SATA 3 (6Gbps)-based SSD, the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G.

Like other SSDs on the market, such as the OCZ Vertex 3, or the Plextor PX-256M2S, the OWC drive is the same shape as a traditional 2.5-inch SATA laptop drive. This means it will work virtually anywhere a traditional drive of the same standard would be used.

OWC says that its new drive offers sustained speeds of up to 559MBps for reading and 527MBps for writing and supports RAID configurations. On top of that, the company says, the drive features the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE technology along with 7 percent overprovisioning, meaning it would offer RAID-like data protection when used as a single drive.

The new Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD is available now capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB at the premium prices of $298, $570 and $1,280, respectively. These are comparatively more expensive than most similar SSDs on the market.

To find out if the new drive is worth the extra dollars, check back soon for a full review.