Areca 1680x in MP 2012

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi Everyone,

    My 3,1 going on the blink has made me investigate whether i should switch to the newest MP.

    My set up includes an Areca 1680x driving an 8 HDD box raid, but can someone tell me if the 1680 will work in the latest MP?

    (I know that the 1680 is EOL and i can't find any info on it with the latest MP.)

    Many thanks
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Sure no problems. I got ARC-1231ML in MP 4,1 (flashed to 5,1) and it works without any problems. It's now even faster than on 3,1.
     
  3. Bwa
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    I have a 1680x in my 2012; I just upgraded from a 2008. Works great. 8 disk enclosure plugged into it.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    What is the max speed you've got ? Mine in almost 900 MB/s with 4x SSD drives.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Bwa and Spacedust ... that's great to know! I'm not sure if i'm set on upgrading yet, the prospect of a new / replacement Mac Pro next year is keeping me dangling.

    Bwa - what are your impressions of moving from the 2008 to 2012 ... i'm a photographer and the doubling in performance would be great, though perhaps only save me 10 mins a day, when i'm editing / processing in Lightroom, but reliability can cost me a whole day.

    Anyway, thanks again guys,
    Slaterk
     
  6. Bwa
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    Something like that. 800-980 for most tests, off the top of my head.

    It is much smoother. Some minor things in my workflow were really irritating because they were slow; things are less so now. Some stuff I do used to bog down the 2008; the 2012 doesn't notice. It's fantastic.

    I upgraded because
    - the 32 GB RAM ceiling was killing me.
    - above-mentioned annoyances
    - raw speed for more intense things were significantly faster on my 2011 mbp than my old mac pro
    - I don't want to buy whatever is next for the first few months it's on the market. I bought my 2008 on release day and it was 6 months before Apple had the software stable.
    - I offset about 30% of the purchase price for the upgrade (~$5k) with the sale of the old Mac Pro
    - Tax write off for this year
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Add failing and very hot FB-DIMM modules in MP 2008 to the list ;) My old MP 2008 was taking 200W when idle, the current one just 130W.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, me too! I'm just feeling that it might be worth going for the new one, before the old one starts creaking ...
    Cheers
     

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