Reviews and Problems with OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 240GB (OWCSSDMX6G240T)
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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB Solid State Drive Review
21 February 2012
Summary: Final Thoughts
For being our first product from OWC we were very impressed. In ATTO Disk Benchmark the drive scored 559MB/s read and 518MB/s write, which is very close to its advertised speeds and puts it as the second fastest drive that we have tested behind the Kingston HyperX drive. It did beat out the HyperX drive in many of our other tests.
This is a SandForce-based drive so you do get the added features that the SandForce SF-2200 controller offers.
Pros: – One of the fastest drives we have tested, – Sleek blue design, – Assembled in the USA, – 5 year warranty
Excerpt: Other World Computing, the small company capable of big surprises and market leading innovations is back at it again. We've already reviewed the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB solid state drive back in May 2010, but since then a revision was made to the PCB and now a new, more extensive revision has emerged. The new OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G has enough changes to warrant a new product name and price increase, but that isn't happening.
Excerpt: Any fears we had that the OCZ Vertex 3’s speeds were due solely to some voodoo magic or secret deal with SandForce were unfounded. OWC’s Mercury Extreme Pro 6G—a product name that contains three too many buzzwords—goes toe to toe with the Vertex 3 in nearly every benchmark, and exceeds it in some. Like the Vertex 3, the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (and why not tack on “Enhanced Premium Plus” while you’re at it, OWC?
Summary: OWC is going to garner a lot of attention if they keep putting out products like the 240 GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6g SSD as we found it to be the best overall performing SATA III drive we have tested to date.
Excerpt: After our recent review of the 120GB Mercury Extreme Pro 6G , I think you are familiar with Other World Computing. The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G didn't put the company on the map, but it did verify that OWC belongs in the same legend as OCZ, G.Skill, Patriot and the rest of the Team SandForce landmarks.
Excerpt: Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill) or random data. As we have discussed previously, comparing the results of Crystal tests in random data sampling between drives that use compression in storage (SandForce) compared to those that do not (Intel/Crucial/Samsung) portrays a result not cognizant with the drives ability.
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD Review – ATTO Disk Benchmark
30 April 2011
Excerpt: ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. For our testing, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw data rather than random or mixed which, although more realistic, result with lower performance results.
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD Review – HDTune Pro
30 April 2011
Excerpt: HDTune Pro is a great software program that lets us have a look at all aspects of testing through several separate tests: Something particularly interesting about this test is the smoothness of the line which is a great indicator that this is a solid drive. As well, the access time of .055ms is typical of new SSDs and considerably faster than the typical time of 9-10ms for a hard drive.
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD Review – AS SSD
30 April 2011
Excerpt: AS SSD Disk Benchmark is perhaps the only benchmark program that was created for solid state drives. In using it, one should realize that it only tests in random data so SandForce drives will appear to have an inferior result when compared to those of Samsung Intel and Crucial. As well, the end result of this will also be different, at times, than that of Crystal Diskmark because AS SSD provides the average of several runs as its end result whereas Crystal simply looks...
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB SSD Review – Interior Components and Methodology
30 April 2011
Excerpt: The heart and sole of all ‘Sandforce Driven’ SSDs is the processor and the SF-2280 and the 6G is well equipped with this as well as 16 modules of Micron 25nm NAND memory (29F128G08CFAAB) for a total of 256GB of RAW memory on board. SandForce equipped SSDs are rather unique, however, because a specific amount of this memory is proprietary to the drives firmware and over provisioning.