OWC Mercury Electra 6G vs. 6G Extreme Pro SSD Question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by FluJunkie, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. FluJunkie macrumors 6502a

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    So I'm debating between equipping something like the Sonnet Tempo card with an SSD from OWC - my current boot drive is from them, and I'm quite pleased with it.

    My question is between the less expensive Mercury Electra vs. Extreme Pro. Leaving aside the longer warranty on the Pro, the primary difference seems to be the handling of Incompressible Data, wherein the Pro is vastly faster.

    It mentions things like certain photography and video file formats, but I'm not a photo/video person. The use of this would probably be as a screaming fast boot and application drive - possibly as a scratch disk for some scientific computing that has an I/O bound step in it, but those would be either text or binary files.

    Does the Pro represent a meaningful speed boost for me, or is the Electra suited for what I'm looking to do?
     
  2. MatthewAMEL macrumors 6502

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    They are completely different drives.

    The standard Electra has a SF-2281, 'standard' MLC NAND, and 7% over-provisioning.

    The Electra Pro has a SF-2582, eMLC NAND (more stringent binning), and 28% OP.

    If you aren't sure you need the Pro, then you probably don't. :D
     
  3. FluJunkie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    One could do some education, and outline what those differences actually manifest. ;)

    The reason I'm asking is that my workloads generally aren't things that get advertised as "This is great for X!", so it's hard to tell at times.
     
  4. MatthewAMEL macrumors 6502

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    'enterprise' class SSDs, typically give you higher price with lower capacity but higher and more consistent performance (over the life of the drive).

    Great for applications that require a lot of random i/o (web servers, SQL servers). Bit of an overkill for general use computing.
     
  5. FluJunkie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That was my guess, but occasionally I get surprised by things (like really, really needing ECC RAM).
     

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