As computer enthusiasts, there are few things that really get our gears
going. More storage, and more speed. But when you get them both
together? Look out! That's the case with Apricorn's Mac Array, which is a
unique high-speed storage solution for Apple
's Mac Pro. For a
professional machine, the Mac Pro is a fairly niche device, and not too
many accessories are released specifically for it. But this one is one
for the books.
The inside of the Mac Pro has a ton of room for extra devices and
storage units, but aside from buying a load of 10k hard drives, what
else is there? Now, there's a good answer to that. The Mac Array is a
specially designed PCIe X4 card that holds four 128GB Western Digital
SiliconEdge SSDs. They're connected in RAID 0, creating 512GB of
accessible storage. The unit only takes up a single slot, meaning that
you could add one or two more for 1TB or 1.5TB of total storage.
The transfer rates are also astounding: read rates can reach as high as
760MB/sec with a single card, with write rates reaching 524MB/sec. Each
Mac Array costs $1499, so it's definitely not an inexpensive upgrade,
but it's a great, bundled way to add lots of speed and lots of capacity
to your pro machine.