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OWC Mercury Aura Pro SSD 120GB Review

Bigger isn’t always better, and in the world of SSDs smaller and specialized form factors are becoming more popular and look to shake up the way we think about storage in portable devices. OWC’s Mercury Aura Pro SSD is one of the few 1.8″ performance-based SSDs on the market designed to meet this need. This means that portable devices like netbooks, tablets and ultra-portable notebooks have a new high-performance option when it comes to internal storage.

OWC certainly had portability in mind when designing the Aura Pro, but they didn’t skimp either in terms of stated performance or capacity, the two areas small form factor drives often get shorted. The Aura Pro delivers the familiar SF-1200 performance of sustained reads up to 285MB/s and reads up to 275MB/s. Our review drive is the 120GB capacity, but OWC offers an entire spread including 60GB, 240GB and a 480GB SSD “coming soon.”

OWC Mercury Aura Pro SSD

OWC Aura Pro Specs

  • Controller: SandForce SF-1200 Series 7% Over Provisioning firmware set
  • Sustained Sequential Read: up to 285MB/s
  • Sustained Sequential Write: up to 275MB/s
  • Random 4KB: Up to 50,000 IOPS
  • NAND: Tier 1/Grade A Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory
  • Reliability: 2,000,000 hour MTBF
  • Interface: SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
  • Native Command Queuing up to 32 commands
  • TRIM Support
  • Active: 2200mW (2.2W) Typical, up to 2500mW (2.5W), Inactive (DIPM): 90mW (.09W) Typical
  • ECC Recovery: Up to 24 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
  • Unrecoverable Read Errors: Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
  • Chip Based Data Encryption: 128-bit AES-compliant
  • 3 Year OWC Warranty

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