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Old Jan 11, 2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Other World Computing Building Pricey 3.5" 2TB SSD for Desktop Workstations




Later this year, Other World Computing plans to release a 3.5" SSD drive meant for tower-style PCs like the Mac Pro. The drive, called the "Mercury Viper", will allow OWC to build an SSD with capacities as large as 2TB, as well as transfer rates over 600MB/s over a SATA 3 connection.

Currently, OWC makes 2.5" SSD's that can be installed in a laptop or desktop via a bracket, but the extra space in a 3.5" drive allow for four times the capacity as their current drives -- at a significant cost. A OWC spokesperson told Ars Technica that the drive was designed "performance and capacity, not price".
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That's in stark contrast to where the rest of the market is headed, typically driving costs down and making the most of 2.5" and mSATA form factors used in notebooks and Ultrabooks. But workstation may care less about budget and more about getting work done. "We think the price will be right for the kind of user that spends $6,000 on a computer," Dahlke said. "And you can't get this kind of capacity anywhere else."
Pricing and availability details are expected in March.

(Image courtesy Ars Technica/Chris Foresman)

Article Link: Other World Computing Building Pricey 3.5" 2TB SSD for Desktop Workstations
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Dang! I want.. But probably can't afford
Likewise. That would be perfect but likely well outside my budget
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 01:07 PM   #5
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It's essentially 4x512Gb SSDs... No way this is cheaper than $2,000, I'd say even closer to $3,000
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 02:56 PM   #6
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Not necessarily!

http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic..._for_under_600


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It's essentially 4x512Gb SSDs... No way this is cheaper than $2,000, I'd say even closer to $3,000
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 03:43 PM   #7
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Okay.

But this is at least two of those. If it's not one solid "brick" of memory, then it's going to have a controller, plus the chassis and OWC's name on it ...

I still don't think you're looking at anything under $1,500.

And is that other 1TB SSD shipping yet?
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 04:16 PM   #8
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It's essentially 4x512Gb SSDs... No way this is cheaper than $2,000, I'd say even closer to $3,000
Well hopefully the if Crucial follows through with their announcement to release their 980GB SSD (M500) at around $600, would force the price on the OWC one to come down. As 2 x M500 would be $1200 - $1400 verses an OWC 2TB est. at that 2K - 3K range. In fact you could get the OWC multi-mount bracket allows for 2 SSD's in the 3.5" bay.
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Well hopefully the if Crucial follows through with their announcement to release their 980GB SSD (M500) at around $600, would force the price on the OWC one to come down. As 2 x M500 would be $1200 - $1400 verses an OWC 2TB est. at that 2K - 3K range. In fact you could get the OWC multi-mount bracket allows for 2 SSD's in the 3.5" bay.
To add to what I said before, OWC never really plays the price comparison game.

Look at their existing SSD line, they are as expensive if not more expensive than what's out there.
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The just announced Micron/Crucial M500 at £450 a TB... That's about £900 for 2TB of space, granted it's not on one SSD but what OWC are doing here is (and I use the word as heavily as possible) obscene.
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If you're that one person in the world who uses a workstation with his head stuck in the enclosure instead of looking at the screen, yes

I've always wondered why there was no 3.5" SSD until now. More space would mean more room for organized circuits and heat dispersion. It seemed self-explanatory that higher-voltage high-performance and capacity SSDs would be possible in the traditional desktop drive format, yet no one made one until now!
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If you're that one person in the world who uses a workstation with his head stuck in the enclosure instead of looking at the screen, yes
That is my normal working position. ;-)
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If you're that one person in the world who uses a workstation with his head stuck in the enclosure instead of looking at the screen, yes
...then a conversation between you and Steve Jobs would have been futile
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If you're that one person in the world who uses a workstation with his head stuck in the enclosure instead of looking at the screen, yes

I've always wondered why there was no 3.5" SSD until now. More space would mean more room for organized circuits and heat dispersion. It seemed self-explanatory that higher-voltage high-performance and capacity SSDs would be possible in the traditional desktop drive format, yet no one made one until now!
I think the main reason is marketability. Even now SSDs don't outsell spinning drives, and a 2.5" equivalent size drive fits BOTH. So they need only engineer and maintain one product.

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To add to what I said before, OWC never really plays the price comparison game.

Look at their existing SSD line, they are as expensive if not more expensive than what's out there.
Absolutely. OWC's pricing is outrageous with seemingly no particular advantages or ways in which their products are unique and worth the price premium.

They are playing (or preying) on two things. One; unfamiliar apple users purchasing their products under an understanding that the competition is not compatible with their computers (thus they only need to compete with apples also outrageous upgrade prices). And two; components for which there is no competition, like rMBP SSD blades.
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I've always wondered why there was no 3.5" SSD until now. More space would mean more room for organized circuits and heat dispersion.
Because for a desktop, sticking an SSD in a 3.5" HDD size enclosure is the worst idea of 2013.

It's a desktop. Build a PCI-E card that will make the sata-3 connection look like a very tight bottle neck and leaving the chips outside an enclosure will improve heat dispersion. It's been available as long as the 2.5" enclosure versions. You know, sort of like this product: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-rev...press-ssd.html
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OWC Blue, luckily it goes inside the computer! looks like a Lego Brick minus the pimples.
one could always use a Newertech voyager and have it on display, at least no one will nick it!
Probably looks better in the flesh but if its made of aluminium it would have been better the natural colour.

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thats not an attractive color
It's inside a computer i.e. not visible.
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It's inside a computer i.e. not visible.
true, doesn't mean I have to like it though, does it?
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I thought the opposite. Seems colors are subjective...
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Who cares? It gets mounted inside where no one can see it, but is very visible to service people that open the case. Looks like a great decision.

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Question is, how fast is it compared to other SSDs? I know there's a considerable difference in the speed of memory cards I can get for my camera. Is there this great a difference in SSDs?
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Who cares? It gets mounted inside where no one can see it, but is very visible to service people that open the case. Looks like a great decision.

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Question is, how fast is it compared to other SSDs? I know there's a considerable difference in the speed of memory cards I can get for my camera. Is there this great a difference in SSDs?
I think you need to read a little about SSD's to get an answer that gives your question justice. In short it's a vast answer given IOPS, file size, controller version etc etc. Now if you had a SSD purely for loading the OS anything above 300MB/s is generally considered excessive as you won't notice a performance increase. Accessing other media or even using it as a swap disk would be an important factor in your decision regarding speed.

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Well hopefully the if Crucial follows through with their announcement to release their 980GB SSD (M500) at around $600, would force the price on the OWC one to come down. As 2 x M500 would be $1200 - $1400 verses an OWC 2TB est. at that 2K - 3K range. In fact you could get the OWC multi-mount bracket allows for 2 SSD's in the 3.5" bay.
OWC sell overpriced components, a cheaper per GB SSD from another firm will not change this strategy. They rely on the ignorance of users.
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