Following up on OWC’s Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, the company has released a new iteration called the Mercury Electra MAX that is built to sustain constant and high usage. Shipping this January, the Electra MAX SSD sports a SATA III (6.0Gb/s) connection and a three year warranty. It also comes in the standard 2.5″ form factor and can sustain speeds to 490MB/s. The device also utilizes MLC flash, so depending on what you’re looking for, this could be useful or not what you want. Previously the Mercury Electra MAX only had a max storage of 1TB, but now comes in a 2TB flavor just in case if 1TB of SSD space wasn’t enough.
For users that are conscious of security, there’s built in 128-bit AES full-disk encryption using an on-board chip. That being said though, some manufactures (in particular, Western Digital) have been accused of having bad implementation of full-disk encryption. On the other hand, the Mercury Electra MAX supports Hardware Error-Correcting Code (ECC) to make sure no corruption occurs during data transfer.
Based on the technical specifications, sequential read performance reaches up to 490MB/s, with write performance up to 471 MB/s. Read performance for incompressible data is up to 466MB/s with write speeds of up to 447MB/s. The only potential downside to the new 2TB SSD is the price — the MSRP is $799.99 with street pricing from under $700.