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Macworld 2010: OWC's Grant Dahlke demos USB 3.0 drive, fastest SSD


Mac expansion powerhouse Other World Computing always has something incredible to show off at Macworld Expo, and there was no doubt about it when we visited the OWC booth on Thursday.

OWC's Grant Dahlke displayed some of the new products coming out from the company, including their first USB 3.0 drive, a new smaller-format portable RAID array, and the fastest SSD on the market. The latter product, called the OWC Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD, has a five-year lifespan and blinding speed. In the video below, you can watch a MacBook Pro equipped with the drive zip through a reboot and load a pile of CS4 applications in seconds, while a similar MBP with a faster processor and 5400 RPM hard disk plods through the same activities. Trust me, you're going to want a Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD after watching the video.

The USB 3.0 drive has not yet been benchmarked by OWC, since no Macs or PCs with USB 3.0 ports have been released at this time. The first devices will ship in 2010, and include a SuperSpeed mode that provides transfer rates of 3.2 Gbits/second (about 400 MB / second) or about 8 times the speed of USB 2.0.

If you're at Macworld Expo 2010 over the next few days, be sure to drop by booth 1354 and see these new and unbelievably fast drives for yourself.

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