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: OWC 1TB Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD (Late ), Single and RAID-0

The model sticker on top of the OWC Mercury SSD has been updated from past models; now a full-gloss sticker with the OWC brand prominently displayed with the Mercury Electra name. OWC also makes sure to use the label to point out their drives are designed and OWC Mercury SSD in the USA, which is pretty rare in the tech market.

The bottom of the drive is more down to earth, with the detailed information about the drive listed, including the serial number, model number, firmware revision, and drive size specifics. The Electra also includes lower mounting holes, which are part of the 2. The sides are standard, with the case seam and ground top-cover border both visible. The cut top edge looks pretty cool, reflecting light and color depending on what angle you look at the drive from. Overall the look and feel is pretty impressive. Not that looks matter a great deal when OWC Mercury SSD comes to selecting an SSD, but there's something to be said for a case design that's sturdy and visually appealing. Disassembly Before I go into the steps on taking apart the Mercury Electra 6G, popping the drive open will void the warranty.

The drive includes warranty voiding stickers over the screw holes located on top of the drive.

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Taking the top cover off the Electra 6G is as easy as removing four Allen head screws and lifting the top plate off. With the cover removed the circuit board inside is free to be taken out as well. Offering a step down in NAND to lower costs, the Electra OWC Mercury SSD able to offer OWC Mercury SSD of the speed of the Extreme, but for a more mainstream audience. To start of we begin with a standard 2MB sequential transfer test to measure the straight line performance of each drive. All of these speeds are sustained over a period of one minute. Our next test changes to 2MB random transfers, which for SSDs is still a very easy activity to perform with no moving parts to slow down access times. In our random 4K transfer test using IOMeter, we look at how well each SSD performs at accessing very small packets of data in a completely random setting. With this first batch of tests performed at a queue depth of 1, all of these numbers will be lower than manufacturers' claims.

In the first stage of our 4K testing the Electra came in towards the bottom using repeating data, but had the strongest 4K read speed with incompressible data. With that said it did have some trouble keeping up in 4K write speeds compared to the others.


To gauge how well the SSDs perform under stress, our next section covers 4K read and write speeds over a ramped scale with queue depths starting at 1 and ending at OWC Mercury SSD Each level is tested for 30 seconds with no recovery period as the scale moves up. Both performed similarly with random data, this time reaching 35, IOps.


On the very top of the chart, the Electra reached an impressive 85, OWC Mercury SSD with repeating data and 55, IOps with incompressible random data. The OWC Mercury Electra slipped just slightly behind in our initual 4K write tests, putting its latency numbers below the other drives.

In the grand scheme of things, most users wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 0. One significant difference is the duration of both of these tests, with IOMeter having a longer OWC Mercury SSD duration. The last stage of our synthetic benchmarks covers IOMeter server profile tests. Each test lasts for a total of 8 minutes, with no resting period in-between each ramp in queue depth.

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Real-World Benchmarks If you are new to StorageReview, one thing we try to focus on is how any given drive might perform under real-world conditions. For the average user, trying to translate high random 4K write speeds into an everyday situation is pretty difficult. It also doesn't make sense to assume that a drive with very high sequential speeds is going to perform great in the real-world if it can't cope with mixed random activity. To really see how drives perform under normal work-loads you need to record the exact traffic being passed to and from the device, and then use that to compare drives against one another. For this reason we turned to our StorageMark traces, which include HTPC, Productivity, and Gaming scenarios to help our readers find out how well a drive might perform under their conditions. The first real-life test is OWC Mercury SSD HTPC scenario.

In this test we include: In this trace we recorded 2,MB being written to the drive and 1,MB being read. It was still able to maintain a very small lead over the GB Wildfire, but it wasn't a perfect apples to apples comparison given the differences in flash configuration.

Our second real-life test covers disk activity in a productivity scenario. For all intents and purposes this OWC Mercury SSD shows drive performance under normal daily activity for most users. In this trace we recorded 4,MB being written to the drive and 2,MB being read.

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Our third real-life test covers disk activity in a gaming environment. The trace captures the heavy read activity of each game loading from the start, as well as textures as the game progresses. In this trace we recorded MB being written to the drive and 7,MB being OWC Mercury SSD. Power Consumption To measure the power consumption of the OWC Mercury Electra 6G, we put it through the same IOMeter tests that we performed at the start of this review, and measured the power used in serial with the drive.

We included OWC Mercury SSD repeating and compressible write figures, since SandForce-based SSDs have to perform much less work when writing a compressible pattern to the drive. The Electra 6G consumed 1. When switched to incompressible data the usage increased to 3.

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