OWC Intros Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 RAID Box

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News Posted: Tue, Apr 14 2009 11:37 AM

OWC has been on a roll of late with system upgrades, but today it's introducing a standalone product that will definitely catch the eyes of storage junkies everywhere. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is a quad interface plug-and-play desktop hardware RAID solution which easily handled FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA.

Like most average, consumer-level RAID setups, this one too boasts four drive bays for up to 8TB of storage (using a foursome of 2TB internal hard drives). There's also four selectable hardware RAID settings (0, 1, 5, 10, as well as a Span [NRAID] setting), and OWC promises that users will see data transfer speeds up to 300MB/second. We're also told that it's well suited for A/V, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, graphics, and redundant backup, and naturally it functions just with Mac and PC platforms. Of note, the device has been designed with a heat dissipating aircraft-grade brushed aluminum housing, and the front-panel LEDs give owners quick, at-a-glance system status.



The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is now shipping in capacities from 2TB to 8TB, priced starting at $699.99. Exact configurations that are available are as follows:


· 
2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500GB x 4 w/64MB
cache) & 3 year warranty - $679.99


· 
3TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (750GB x 4
w/128MB cache) & 3 year warranty - $849.99


· 
4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4 w/128MB
cache) & 3 year warranty - $979.99


· 
6TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1.5TB x 4
w/128MB cache) & 3 year warranty - $1149.99


· 
8TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (2TB x 4 w/128MB
cache) & 3 year warranty - $1899.99


· 
Enterprise Class 2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2
(500GB x 4 w/64MB cache) & 5 year warranty - $799.99


· 
Enterprise Class 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2
(1TB x 4 w/128MB cache) & 5 year warranty - $1149.99


Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 Technical
Specifications:

 

• Oxford
936QSE chipset

• Data buffer
up to 128MB

• Speeds up to
10,000RPM

• Data
transfer speeds up to 300MB/s


• 2 FireWire 800 ports, 1 FireWire 400 port, 1
USB 2.0 port, 1 eSATA port

• 4 Front
panel selectable Hardware RAID settings: 0, 1, 5, 10 or Span (NRAID)

• LEDs for
RAID selection and hard drive status

• 4 hot
swappable hard drive bays

• Smart Fan
automatically regulates fan speed

• Fan and
power supply warning buzzer

• Front panel
lock with keys for drive security

• All
interface connection cables

• Internal
US/International 100/240V, 50Hz/60Hz, 12V/6A Auto Switching
power supply


Measurement:  5.31" (W) x 9.65" (D) x 6.96" (H), weight: 8.6
pounds (base case)

• Warranty: 3
year complete solution warranty, 5 year complete solution
warranty

for Enterprise
Class models

• Mac and PC
compatible

• Includes $200 retail value disk utility software bundle:
Carbon Copy Cloner, ProSoft Engineering® Data Backup 3, NovaStor
NovaBACKUP®, and Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™



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Marco C replied on Tue, Apr 14 2009 8:24 PM

Expensive, but man is that thing gorgeous.

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yoda8232 replied on Wed, Apr 15 2009 12:17 AM

Why not just buy the HDD's yourself and the enclosures and your good, make sure they are eSATA enclosures too.


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