NEW TOYS: Mercury Extreme/Electra Pro 6G SSD from OWC

Sustained write performance becomes crucial in music, post-production video editing—anytime large volumes of data are being transferred, even a slight drop in performance will affect quality and slow the whole production. Once cache is used up, certain drives drop to 50-60MB/s but the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G is up to 10x faster than hard drives whose peak speed is slowed with as little as 2-3 percent of drive written.

OWC sent a 4.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD for evaluation and I am very impressed as used for an internal audio drive for use with my large Pro Tools HDX rig where I mix songs from hundreds of tracks, high sample rates, and video streaming all at the same time. In about an hour, I copied 1 TB of session data from another internal SSD. Pretty good for my old Mac.

The Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD offers the same speed as the Elektra with the Extreme built with more robust components. The Extreme was launched nearly a decade ago, built to be the fastest, most reliable, and most extended endurance 2.5-inch SATA Solid State Drive available on the market with up to 5X faster performance over the entirety of its capacity compared to other drives.

I now have four OWC SSD drives running inside my 2010 dual four-core Mac Pro and performance is excellent and feels like a newer computer!

The Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD delivers sustained real-world-tested read/write speeds over 500MB/s throughout its storage capacity. You'll have faster boot-ups and less waiting (SWODs) when calling up big sessions!

Pricing for the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 2.5-inch SSD product line-up are: 240GB $69.75, 480GB $119.75, 1TB $199, 2TB $369, and 4TB $799. As tested, the 4TB Mercury Electra 6G sells for $579 MSRP.