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Nameci
Apr 17, 2012, 11:42 PM
The title says it all.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1334739

Would it work on a late 2005 Powermac? OWC says Mac pro and PC only. Is it because it needs drivers for PPC arch to work?



tayloralmond
Apr 18, 2012, 01:14 AM
The title says it all.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1334739

Would it work on a late 2005 Powermac? OWC says Mac pro and PC only. Is it because it needs drivers for PPC arch to work?

I am willing to bet that OS X would recognize it, but I doubt it'd be able to boot from it. Hopefully someone else will be able to verify this.

Nameci
Apr 18, 2012, 05:55 AM
I am assuming it would. But there will be no use for it if it will not serve as a boot drive. It will going to be a very expensive scratch disk.

Transcript of my online chat with OWC agent;

[6:06:17 AM] Did OWC already tried putting it on a late 2005 powermac? I will be buying if it would work.
OWC Duane: [6:07:52 AM] I would think our testers did try those in the PCIe G5 machines as well, but do not know for certain on that. I can try checking to see if there may be any particular reason that it couldn't work with them and email you back to let you know what I find out.

GermanyChris
Apr 18, 2012, 11:50 AM
I am assuming it would. But there will be no use for it if it will not serve as a boot drive. It will going to be a very expensive scratch disk.

Transcript of my online chat with OWC agent;

The ocz drives do not boot the MP. I don't know it they're the same but I'm inclined to believe they are.

Nameci
Apr 18, 2012, 12:28 PM
But the PCIe drive is quite enticing to make a monster powermac G5. If it can be a boot drive, then boot up and app launch would be blazing fast, because it is not restricted to SATA I. I have 2 SSD on RAID0 but it still feels lacking since the SATA interface will not even saturate the drives.

666sheep
Apr 18, 2012, 04:23 PM
IMHO OWC card surely won't be bootable on G5, and even more: I doubt that it will be recognized as drive at all. Here: http://blog.macsales.com/13681-owc-announces-mercury-accelsior-as-industrys-first-fully-macintosh-and-pc-supported-bootable-pcie-ssd-card they said that's AHCI card. G5's SATA controller does not support NCQ so no AHCI naturally.

Nameci
Apr 18, 2012, 05:55 PM
Ouch, hoping that they would make one for legacy...