OWC Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G 6Gbps SSD Review – OWC and LSI Combine For a Great Enterprise Entry


The FOB, Steady State, and over provisioned performance testing continues across 4 profiles that are constructed to simulate different types of server access during real life usage.

The File Server profile emulates usage in a file server environment with a vast range of file sizes being accessed simultaneously. This type of file access is 80% read and 20% write. The performance does vary from Steady State and Overprovisioned, showing that with the proper tuning these drives can be optimized for their environment.

The Email profile is an emulation of a mail server, with a 50% Read and 50% Write mixed workload with very small 8KB files. This can be a very stressful test for even the best of drives. Here the OWC SSD does very well, peaking at 193 MB/s at a Queue Depth of 64.


The Database/OLTP (On-Line Transaction Processing) profile is another heavy-usage type of access that can bring many drives, even those with superior write performance, to their knees given Steady State conditions. With small 8K random data being read at 66% and written simultaneously at 33%, the OWC SSD performs very well. Databases tend to be extremely compressible, so in real deployments look for the performance to be along the upper lines.

blankThe Web Server profile is read only over a wide range of file sizes, with pure random data. As we can see there is very little variability for any drive state, or when using compressible and incompressible data. As a whole, the compressibility of data does not affect the read speed, so this performance is very good.



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    That is the drive I want on my web server!

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    We bought 16 of these drives. We have had 12 fail and are working on RMA-ing them. No apologies from OWC. Just saying.

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