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OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCI Express SSD Drive

Filed Under (Apple, Hardware, Product Review, Technology) by admin on 18-05-2013

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owc-accelsior_e2I just picked up a great new product, the OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2.  It’s basically 2 x raided SSD drives on a PCIe card that goes in my Mac Pro.   The Mac Pro has been the top of the line POWER beast in Apples hardware lineup for years but also hasn’t been upgraded in years.  More an more Mac Pro owners are looking for ways to pep up their Mac Pro to make it last a little longer until the next great Mac Pro is released, which will hopefully be soon.

In any event, I received the Accelsior in 2 days from http://www.macsales.com which is one in the same with OWC or Other World Computing.  Larry has been running OWC for many years now and has always offered great products to help you upgrade your Macs, whether it be ram, hard drives, video cards, etc, so definitely check them out for great products at great prices.

The Accelsior I picked up was the 240gb model which has 2 x 120gb ssd blades like those used in the MacBook Air.  The key ingredient in this product though is that it runs on the PCIe bus, not through SATA which on the mac pro is still 2.0 and not very fast.  Another cool feature is that the E2 also offers you 2 x 600mbps eSATA slots.

Now to the numbers.  My standard 1gb 7200rpm drive received under 70MB/s on both Read and Write operations using the Blackmagic Design disk speed test application while the new Accelsior received 608.1MB/s on Read operations and 492.8MB/s on Write operations.  Below are the screen captures for each…

OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2 240gb PCIe Card
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Standard 1gb 7200rpm SATA Drive
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In conclusion, my Mac Pro has a whole new life.  I have installed my startup disk on the Accelsior and boot times have gone from about 1 minute to around 22 secs.  Its absolutely amazing.  I also have all of my applications running on the Accelsior so they spring to life almost immediately after clicking them.  I also do a lot of video editing and it is a dream to work off of this drive.

I highly recommend this to any Mac Pro owner.  It’s a no brainer.  If a new Mac Pro comes out you can simply unplug it and put it in your new machine.  Kudos to Larry for staying ahead of the curve as per usual.  Another great product from a great company, Other World Computing rocks!

On a side note, these reviews are my personal opinions and have not been the result of any discount for this product.  I paid full price for this product and I do not review products that were given to me.  Rest assured what you find in this review is fact and my opinion was not bought.  

 

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Hackintosh? The low cost alternative to buying Apple…

Filed Under (Apple, Hacking, Hardware) by admin on 08-05-2013

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Hey Folks,

hackintosh2It has been one hell of a long time since I have posted here but why not just jump right back into the blogging sphere with a cool article about building your own, low cost Macintosh, err hackintosh. Make no mistake about it, Apple builds superior computers. They are extremely well designed, offer the highest quality components, and provide you with a refined user experience.

That said there is always some room for improvement. Take for instance the Mac Pro line of hardware. It is the machine to use if you are a graphic designer, a software developer using XCode, a video editor, or just about anyone using a Mac for audio or video production. Unfortunately, this line hasn’t been redesigned since 2006-2007 and has only been minimally refreshed with new processors since then. No real new improvements.

While there has always been a subculture movement working hard to make OS X run on ordinary PCs it just hasn’t been fruitful, until now.

In past years there have been many hacks, may mods to kexts and specially made boot keys and CDs some which have partially worked and others which didn’t work at all.

Now with the help of youtube (search for Hackintosh) or tonymacx86.com you can get extensive build guides and tutorials as well as lists of recommended and known working hardware to build your own machines, all at a fraction of the cost of a new mac.

I plan on building my very own Ivy Bridge based Hackintosh in the coming weeks and will report back here with an article on how the experience went.  In the meantime, please be sure to check out these hackintosh related videos and websites, they will certainly offer you everything you need to get started with your very own hackintosh project.

 

YouTube Videos

Building an Ivy Bridge Hackintosh From Start to Finish – LIVE
Building a Socket 2011 Hackintosh From Start to Finish
Ultimate Hackintosh Tutorial | 10.8 My Hacks

Dual-Boot Snow White Hackintosh Pro Build Update & Walkthrough!
Hackintosh Tutorial: Setup A Unibeast Mountain Lion USB

 

Important Hackintosh Resource Sites

Hackintosh.com
tonymacx86.com
lifehacker.com/tag/hackintosh
BenchmarkReviews.com – Hackintosh

 

Best regards,
MM