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OWC updates its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G SSD lineup, offers 30GBs for just $68

Joe Pollicino

Say hello to Other World Computing's latest 2.5-inch SSD, the 30GB variant of its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G series (3Gb/s, of course). This SandForce-driven SSD may not have loads of storage, but priced at a wallet-friendly 68 bucks, it's certainly tempting if your optical drive's been gathering dust. Whether you're running an ungodly amount of Firefox tabs on a Mac or Windows machine, you'll be covered with "sustained data rates of over 275MB/s," keeping your tasks speedy. Ready to ditch the beach balls and hourglasses? It's available now from OWC and you'll find more info in the PR past the break.

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OWC Announces Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G As Lowest Cost Of Entry In Award-Winning, Solid-State Drive Line

$67.99 MSRP SSD Ideal for 'Supercharging' Macs and PCs with Faster App and OS

September 27, 2011 Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today the addition of its lowest-cost- of-entry Solid-State Drive to its award-winning SSD line. The new OWC Mercury EXTREME™ Pro 3G SSD
combines award-winning SandForce® technologies and Tier 1/Grade A NAND to deliver data rates over 275MB/s in a noiseless, more reliable form factor over conventional magnetic hard disk drives. Designed and manufactured in the U.S. with imported parts, the new OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G 30GB SSD's $67.99 MSRP makes it one of the lowest-priced, high-performance SSDs on the market.

Maximizes Any Computer's 3G Data Bus

Consumers using a Mac or PC equipped with the Serial ATA data bus will find the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G 30GB is able to deliver near bus saturating speed. Independent tests have confirmed the OWC Mercury EXTREME 3G SSDs delivers sustained data rates over 275MB/s and provides significant benefits in overall system responsiveness and sustained workflow.

No Slow Down With Repeated Use

While ordinary SSDs initially offer fast read/write performance; they experience significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. Independent simulation tests conducted by leading drive performance experts like MacPerformanceGuide confirm OWC Mercury SSD's ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy, long-term usage without dependency on less-than-effective OS TRIM management.

Up To 100x Greater Data Protection

By utilizing SandForce DuraClass™ technology along with no moving parts, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G provides an increase of up to 100x in data protection, compared to ordinary SSDs and leading enterprise-class hard disk drives. By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology, along with 7 percent over provisioning, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G provides RAID-like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity.

Risk-Free 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

To ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and confidence, the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 3G SSD comes backed by a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. If consumers are not completely satisfied with their OWC SSD for any reason, they simply need to contact OWC's award-winning Customer Service department - which offers 24/7 Live Chat support - to request a full, hassle-free refund.

"While small in capacity, this new 30GB model offers a huge performance boost in application and OS operation," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "At its price point, you can't beat its use as a boot and app load drive while offloading storage and backup duties to platter based drives."

Includes Only Mac-Friendly Updater

While the OWC Mercury EXTREME 3G 30GB SSD comes with the latest SandForce firmware revision, it also includes the industry's first and only Apple/Mac-compatible firmware updater should the firmware need to be updated in thefuture. The firmware updater eliminates the need for a PC, ownership of Windows or other operating system, or the creation of a specially designated drive partition that other brand SSD updaters have required. For more information onOWC's proprietary firmware updater, visit:

Adapters From $3 Offer Easy Install In 3.5" Drive Bays
Desktop users wanting to experience the performance benefits of an OWC Mercury SSD can choose from one of five adapters OWC offers starting at $3 for utilizing 2.5" drives in 3.5" bays. For an overview of these to determine which adapter can meet particular needs, visit

Pricing, Availability

Compatible with Macs, PCs and external enclosures that utilize 2.5" drives, the OWC Mercury EXTREME 3G 30GB SSD is available now from Other World Computing as well as through select retailers. The $67.99 MSRP drive features 7% over provisioning, Tier 1/Grade A NAND, and a three-year warranty. For more information on the OWC
Mercury EXTREME 3G 30GB SSD, including reseller inquires, visit:

Industry's Most Comprehensive SSD Line for Macs and PCs

The new OWC Mercury EXTREME 3G 30GB model joins OWC's existing line of performance-leading, world record-breaking '3G' (3Gb/s) and '6G' (6Gb/s) Mercury SSDs available for nearly every Mac and PC produced over the past decade in capacities from 30GB to 480GB starting from $67.99. For more information on the complete OWC Mercury
SSD line, including expert benchmark reviews, visit: For more information on the OWC catalog of over 2,900 performance upgrades and accessories, or for reseller inquires, visit:

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