OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock / DAS Combo: TB3, up to 28 TB, USB 3.0, DP, GbE, SD

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 - Storage, Teknologi

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock / DAS Combo: TB3, up to 28 TB, USB 3.0, DP, GbE, SD

OWC has started sales of its new DAS device that can also serve as a Thunderbolt 3 dock. The Mercury Elite Pro Dock is aimed at creative professionals with the latest Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptops that require a significant amount of storage capacity along with a set of traditional interfaces, including USB 3.0 Type-A, DisplayPort, GbE, and an SD card reader.

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OWC is a well-known name in the Mac world as for years the company made accessories and upgrades for Apple’s computers. Since modern MacBooks cannot be upgraded, the company had to refocus to docks and now moves forward with its Mercury Elite Pro Dock that also serves as a DAS.

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock is based on Intel’s JHL6540 controller and can be daisy chained with other Thunderbolt 3 devices. On the DAS side of matters, the OWC Elite Pro Dock can pack two 2.5/3.5-inch hard drives and supports RAID0, RAID 1, JBOD, and Span modes to maximize reliability (by mirroring them), double their sequential read/write speeds all the way to ~530 MB/s in case of two 14 TB HDDs (by striping them), or just use them as two separate hard drives or one big drive. RAID is enabled by an ASMedia controller and its mode can be manually switched using a special switch on the back.

OWC plans to offer its Mercury Elite Pro Dock in multiple versions to hit different price and capacity points. All the SKUs will come with two hard drives and offer a 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB, 12 TB, 16 TB, 20 TB, 24 TB, and 28 TB capacity.

On the dock side of things, the devices has a GbE port (Intel I210), two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A connectors (Fresco Logic FL1100EX), a DisplayPort 1.2 output, and an SD Card reader (Genesis Logic GL-3227). The OWC Elite Pro Dock can output up to 0 W of power and therefore can power a laptop as well as charge USB devices at the same time.

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock
 General Specifications
Number of Bays2 bays for 2.5" or 3.5" HDDs
HDD InterfaceSATA 6 Gbps
HDDs UsedSeagate or Toshiba HDDs
CapacitiesUp to 28 TB
RAID0/1/JBOD/Span
RAID0Up to ~530 MB/s (depends on HDD)
RAID1depends on HDD
Thunderbolt 3 ControllerIntel JHL6540
RAID ControllerASMedia controller
GbE ControllerIntel I210
USB 3.0 ControllerFresco Logic FL1100EX
Media Card Reader ControllerGenesis Logic GL-3227
Ports2 × Thunderbolt 3
2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × SD card reader
1 × GbE
Power Input100-240V, 50-60Hz
Power Output+12V, 10A
DimensionsHeight: 5.8 inches | 147 mm
Length: 9.4 inches | 238 mm
Width: 3.3 inches | 85 mm
Cables Included?
SoftwareOWC Dock Ejector
Price (MSRP)$320 for DIY kit
$520-$1400 for Drives Included

OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro Dock can be acquired as a DIY kit without any hard drives inside for $319.99 or as a ready-to-go product with two HDDs in RAID 0 inside. The cheapest 4 TB version costs $519.99, whereas the highest-end 28 TB model is priced at $1,399.99. Interestingly, but OWC does not commit to a particular hard drive model or even a manufacturer and ships its device with either Seagate or Toshiba HDDs inside.

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