Ideally aimed at video editing and image processing applications, Mac Array from Apricorn is offering high performance internal SSD RAID array for Apple's powerful Mac Pro.
The company insists the upgrade offers the potential to increase your Mac Pro's performance by up to ten times, using a single PCIe x4 slot.
Built around four high performance solid state drives on Apricorn's SATA PCIe Host Card, the upgrade takes only a few minutes to fit insists Mac Array.
Remove your Mac Pro's side panel, slide the Mac Array into an available PCIe X4 slot, replace the side panel and install the supplied driver. Your system should then recognise the newly installed drives – with the drives already formatted.
"Apricorn' s Mac Array has been shown to slash rendering times by 80 per cent in real world tests," the company notes.
"When used to render a 3.20-minute music video with Final Cut Pro, the Mac Array cut rendering time from 18 minutes (using a Standard SATA HDD) to less than 4 minutes. Converting the corresponding video to QuickTime was reduced from 20 minutes to just 3 minutes."
With graphic designers, image-processing performance can increase up to 360 per cent Mac Array adds: " Real world tests using the MacArray as a scratch disk showed phenomenal results in image processing."
"Using Photoshop v.12 to open, rotate 180, adjust Auto Levels and save as a Photoshop document a 924MB TIFF photo the Mac Array showed performance increases of 360 per cent over a traditional 7200RPM SATA hard drive. Rotation of the high-resolution image decreased from 10:45 minutes to just 3 minutes with the Mac Array."
The Mac Array system is fully compatible with Mac 32-bit systems. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Aperture, Photoshop, Lightroom, iMovie, iPhoto, ProTools, Sony Vegas, Avid Liquid and other high-end creative applications.
System requirements are a Mac Pro with available PCI-Express slot. Model years supported are 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Mac OS 10.4.x or later, Intel or PowerPC Mac, with 32-bit Kernel Mode required.
Full details including pricing can be found at www.apricorn.com/MacArray.