OWC Boasts Industry's First 5 Year Warranty for SandForce 6Gb/s SSD

OWC Boasts Industry's First 5 Year Warranty for SandForce 6Gb/s SSD

We know solid state drives are fast. We know they don't use any moving parts. And did we mention that they're fast? But the one unknown this early in the SSD game is how reliable they truly are. Conventional wisdom says that without any moving parts, and with garbage collecting schemes that limit the number of writes and rewrites, a well built SSD should potentially last as long as that of the average hard drive.

Only time will prove that theory right or wrong, and in the meantime, OWC is offering customers warm fuzzies in the form of a 5-year warranty for its Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD line. According to OWC, this is the first time a company has ever backed a SandForce-based 6Gb/s SATA Revision 3.0 SSD with an enterprise-class warranty.


"We’re very pleased to offer the industry’s longest warranty coverage on the latest and fastest SSD data interface and make it retroactive on all purchases of our Extreme Pro 6G SSD," said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "By building OWC Mercury SSDs with the best components and engineering processes available, we can offer consumers the best pre and post purchase assurances for the ultimate in SSD ownership confidence."

With the Fourth of July approaching, it's worth mentioning that the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD is designed and built in the land of the free and home of the brave. OWC says it feels confident in offering such long warranty on these star spangled SSDs because they utilize Tier1/Grade A synchronous NAND flash chips.

The Pro 6G delivers up to 284MB/s sustained reads and 266MB/s writes on SATA 3Gb/s setups, and up to 559MB/s sustained reads and 527MB/s writes on SATA 6Gb/s setups. Pricing has been set at $298 for 120GB, $570 for 240GB, and $1,280 for 480GB.
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The longer the warranty the more comfortable I feel purchasing a product. The fact that it was built in the U.S. just makes me want to support their business even more. The speed on SATA 6 setup also caught my eye so all in all looks to be a good upgrade.

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Looks like a nice product. I like companies who stand behind their products, and a longer warranty than some of the competition is worth something to me. I also like that this drive is build in the US.

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Hell yeah... thats what I am talking about. Pricing seems competitive with other products of this level.

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"I have never heard of this company , but with that Warranty and the fact that is American made and Built, I would support, but if they want our approval, how about sending in a couple, for benchmarking and review here at Hotharware "

-Optimus

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For those of you not in the loop. OWC is a company that supplies parts for Macintosh computers.

Still, way to go for introducing a 5-year warranty! Helps to know that if my SSD fails to write for some reason, OWC has got my back.

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they are also largely in the multi-media production area with external hdd's. but they tend to lean towards mac. I have a model with dual lines of firewire and usb 2 - last year got the e-sata ones :(.

my mechanical has a 5 year warranty as well, they actually supply my university's external media for the students and labs.

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I was about to write the exact same thing Optimus said. I'd pay a slight premium for the additional quality and warranty.

Btw, Optimus, why do you wrap your comment around quotes? :x

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"Its something that has stuck with me ever since my senior days in High School, you know, that time of your life when you are turning into a real man and are  preparing for College. At that time my parents uncles, Grandma and my teachers, use to have one lots of one on one time with me, and they gave me advice with the words like , You Know Jeff, A 'Wise Man" once told me   "Quote" "Unquote", and you know the rest ! So when ever I write something, or mainly when I give advice to someone, I write my name at the end , so they will know from who it came from, and maybe in the future when they get asked to give some advice, they will say, you know son, "A wise man named Optimus (Jeff) once told me"

-Optimus

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Never even heard of OWC :P lol. So how well do these preform? Wouldn't mind a review ;)

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I searched for some reviews online and it didn't do too bad but the OCZ Vertex 3 was leading the pack on almost all tests.

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That's one fast SSD but the price is too rich for my blood.

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Where would I look to buy one? I am looking for a120 Gb SATA 3 for a boot drive. I don't know what way to turn. Everyone I look at has very negative reviews

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Inspector, The review I found was located at this site

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4315/owc-mercury-extreme-pro-6g-ssd-review-120gb

elkhorn, I only found one site that was selling the Mercury Extreme for $297

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other+World+Computing/SSDMX6G120/

I have never heard of this site and can not speak to their reputation. I recommend Newegg for more competitively priced SSDs that will probably be more than you are looking for :)

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I thought for sure OCZ would have been out the gate first with this.

Still good to see the 5yr warrenty though.

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What sandforce controller do they use if it's 2000 they may have a problem.

i read that they may be puling the corsair force 3 (they may have already stoppedd selling in some places) this was for ocz & owc alike

the controller came out in February so its 'relatively new. but the article did state this was a rumor so to be fare here is the link

                     http://news.softpedia.com/news/SandForce-2000-Series-SSDs-Face-Problems-May-Be-Withdrawn-from-Market-204679.shtml

you decide      

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A five year warranty is impressive, and it would be even more so if SSD's retain their blazing performance after 5 years of heavy use. OWC is a great resource, especially for those of us MacBook Pro users that like a mod here and an upgrade there.

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