Right on the heels of SandForces game changing announcement of their SF-2000 SATA 3 processors earlier today, OWC is the first manufacturer to announce the new SF-2000 processor in their enterprise and consumer release products. It seems that the announcement of a single SSD wasn’t enough as OWC is showing complete confidence by announcing the early 2011 release of, not only 8 different SSD configurations but also, SandForce equipped 8x and 16x PCIe 2.0 SSD based cards as well.
Encorporating SandForces specifications, these new drives will be available in capacities up to 3.2Tb, reach speeds of 4GB/s in sequential read/write testing and will contain 28% over provisioning for data reliability. If these drives are indicative of tests performed by SandForce comparing the SF-2000 to the SF 1500, we will be realizing a whole new experience yet again with solid state drives. Testing has shown that the SF-2000 performs anywhere from 84% to 120% better than the SF-1500 in typical operations.
The success of OWC SSDs has enabled the primarily Mac-oriented distributor to shed their skin and they are now being seen as an innovator in the SSD field. Their present Mercury Extreme Pro and Pro RE SSD line seems to cater more to the PC user than the Mac although this SSD is ideal for the Mac OS. Their most recent accomplishment remains to be the lowest price SandForce driven SSD available which is the Mercury Extreme Pro 40Gb SSD at just $107.99 .
OWCs no risk and no hassle 30 day money back guarantee is another unique feature that we haven’t seen with other SSDs which may also be helping overcome the PC/Mac barriers.