SATA III OWC SSD - Good option?

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    This is OWC's version of the SF-2200 series SSD, i.e. Vertex 3.
     
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    Wow. They are pricey! The same 512GB SATA III Micron C400 is only $920.
     
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    Thank you! Ordered a 120.
     
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    Awesome. I'll probably upgrade my OWC SATA-II SSD to this one once they get the 240GB versions in stock.

    +1 to the OP for finding this. I couldn't find these new drives by just poking around their website.
     
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    Nice find OP. This will definitely be a candidate when I get an SSD along with Lion this summer. Hopefully prices will have dropped on them as well. $580 for 240GB is a bit much for me to justify.
     
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    Judging by the spec sheets, the Vertex 3 still beats it. It will be interesting to see how they look in a head to head review.
     
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    Until OWC comes up with some way to install the inevitably required firmware updates on a Mac, I would not buy from them. As it stands, they require a Windows/Bootcamp install to upgrade firmware. No thanks.
     
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    The 4k random reads is 60k iops compared to 20k iops of the vertex 3. For the 120gb model that is.
     
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    This isn't just OWC, it's everybody who makes a SSD. And yes, I totally agree.
     
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    It seems that they have used the same NAND chips as in previous mercury's generation sacrificing some speed, but increasing life span. So in my opinion they are much better than OZC's.

    The 480gb OWC version has 60,000 IOPS VS 40,000 in the OCZ's.
     
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    Many other vendors at least provide a FreeDOS or Linux boot disk to do upgrades on the Mac. OWC does not even do that, and they tout themselves as a Mac specialist.
     
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    wow this is very nice .. im tempted to order one .. i really really want the 240gb one ..
    i wonder if the 120gb will be able to hold all my apps including final cut studio ?
    all i use is ms office .. fcs .. and maybe a few other programs .. all data will be on a
    second hdd
     
  15. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need at least 46GB of free space to install the additional content with FCS.
     
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    screw it .. just ordered a 240

    now i need to get a hard drive that has the sensor for the odd bay since the stock hdd
    doesnt have one
     
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    OWC is reporting sustained reads/writes, OCZ is reporting max reads/writes. This drive will fly. Anand said something about trying to get SSD companies to report specs in sustained rather than max reads/writes. Looks like OWC is complying nicely. I have been waiting for OWC SF-2000 drive for the last 3 or 4 months! If it doesn't have any hibernation/sleep issues I'm going to get the 240 GB. We'll see what the reviews and early adopters say. It's between the Vertex 3 and OWC drive for me.
     
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    ATTN OWNERS!!!

    Can one of you guys w/ a 15 bench test it to compare to the factory SSDs?
     
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    same here - i have been checking the owc site regularly and been pestering sales re pre-ordering!

    I am on their mailing list and would of thought they at least e-mailed us owc
    <stomps up n' down my hallway like brat! :mad:>

    i only need a 120gb as my current boot drive is only has 50gb of data max... but if like the V3 the 120gbs are somewhat slower then i might go for the 240gb and also install windows on it

    cant wait for the benchmarks comapring the owc and ocz drives
     
  22. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    I'm so happy. Wait a month or 2 for firmware snafu's and I'm on board. But yeah, no warning or ramp up just...NOW.
     
  23. rhart00 macrumors newbie

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    Ordered. 9 days out plus shipping for the 240gb. Been waiting for this since I got my 2011 15" mbp. Christmas came early this year!
     
  24. mdgm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Was just searching the OWC website when I came across the new SSD models. Personally I'll probably wait for Lion to come out, before seriously considering getting one.
     
  25. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

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    Haha same here. I'm going to wait it out for a month or two, mainly so they're more readily available and so there's more reviews/info of them floating around. Excited for SATA III SSD products for sure.
     

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