The drive looks like most other hard drives. In lieu of using a black finish, OWC went for a nice aluminum blue painted finish with a high gloss sticker. Prominently displayed on the main sticker is “Made in the USA,” with the caveat that some foreign parts are used.
Unlike previous drives reviewed here at TechREACTION, the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G drive is not held together with screws. Instead, the drive is fastened with single-sided rivets. Since the drive had to be returned after review, no internal shots are available.
We do know that the drive uses the SandForce 2200 controller, which supports SATA 6Gbps and up to 512GB data capacities. The DuraWrite technology developed by SandForce extends the life of MLC-based drives by compressing data that is stored on the drive. The allows a write amplification ratio of less than 1, thereby allowing a SSD to last 5 or more years despite using the less expensive MLC NAND.