Apricorn Mac Array Crams Four SSDs Inside Mac Pro

Posted: Nov 11 2010, 11:08am CST | by , Updated: Nov 11 2010, 11:12am CST, in News | Hardware & Peripherals

Apricorn Mac Array Crams Four SSDs Inside Mac Pro
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More go for your Mac Pro

I have known and worked with more than a few Mac fan boy's over the years. The big issue for me with a Mac was having to learn another OS when I can already work Windows with my eyes closed. The thought of starting over with a new OS just isn’t appealing to me. Couple that with the fact that I can buy hardware and software anywhere for my PC and I stick with PC.

There is nothing wrong with a Mac if you are a fan of the machines though. If you have a Mac Pro that could use a speed boost your are mostly limited to more RAM and cramming a larger and faster HDD inside. If you want to keep your existing HDD and add tons more performance to the Mac Pro, Apricorn has a new product that is just for you called the Mac Array. This high-end device is an internal card that plugs into the x4 PCI Express slot inside the Mac Pro.

There are two of those ports inside the Mac apparently and the Mac Array only needs one. You can install a pair of them for even more performance if you have some money lying around and have the need for speed. The Mac Array ships with four 128GB SSDs installed giving a total of 512GB of virtual memory.

At first glance, I thought that this was a storage device, but it's more for speeding the entire computer by acting as a bridge between your machines fast memory and the slow traditional storage inside the computer. Apricorn claims in testing the Mac Array upped the performance of a Mac Pro by 10x for read rates and by 6.8x for write speeds. Adding in that second Mac Array will get you 18x better reads and 13.5x better writes.

That is some seriously improved performance and graphics types can use the Mac Array as the scratch disc for photo and video editing software with a performance increased in Photoshop of 360% in testing. The Mac Array is pre-configured and ready to install our of the box with Mac BIOS and RAID 0 set up. The individual SSDs are also formatted for Mac systems and the Mac Pro will recognize the device and install drivers automatically. All the user has to do is open the case, cram the Mac Array into the slot, and turn the machine on. The major downside here is that the thing costs $1499. That price includes the four SSDs.

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