Up to 26,000 MB/s throughput for $1699? We didn’t think it possible, yet it is via some OWC know-how with the Accelsior 8M2.
Introduction & Drive Details
Having already tested a couple of similar ultra-high capacity PEX switched RAID card devices, we jumped on the opportunity when OWC offered to send over its similarly configured/spec’d Accelsior 8M2. Based on previous experience, we were expecting a card with eight M.2 NVMe SSDs totaling 32TB or 64TB capable of up to 26,000 MB/s throughput. After all, OWC calls it the world’s fastest and highest-capacity PCIe SSD.
So, we were admittedly a bit surprised to find a package containing a 4TB Accelsior 8M2. 4TB? Little did we know OWC makes its Accelsior 8M2 Gen4 RAID card SSD in capacities ranging from 2TB up to 64TB, all with eight M.2 SSDs and all capable of up to 26,000 MB/s throughput. Hey, wait a minute, this is great news for the average man. What this means is 26,000 MB/s throughput can be had for as little as $1,299 thanks to OWC’s know-how. Amazing. You, too, can play 16 streams of 8K video via the OWC Accelsior 8M2, as demonstrated by this video:
The Accelsior 8M2 is built on OWC’s PCIe Gen4 x16 RAID card featuring a Broadcom PCIe Gen4 eight series PEX switch managing eight onboard M.2 slots. The card requires additional power via a 6-pin VGA power cable. The SSDs and PEX switch are cooled by a heavy-duty solid aluminum and copper heat sink with thermal pads and active cooling. This single-slot card is about the length of a high-end graphics card.
The card can be purchased without SSDs for $799. With SSDs, pricing ranges from $1,299 for 2TB on up to $12,999 for 64TB. The card comes with a key for OWC’s proprietary SoftRAID utility, making it as easy as a few clicks to create, monitor, and manage RAID arrays.