Apricorn Velocity X1 Solo question.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Twimfy, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Twimfy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2011
    My Apricorn card arrived yesterday and I'm loving the performance increase in OS X (around 100MB/s faster with my Kingston V300...not the best drive I know).

    I'm curious however about the second SATA socket on the card. At present I have Windows 10 installed on the original 5400 drive the Mac came with back in '08. I'd like to replace it with an SSD as I use Windows solely for gaming and it takes an age to boot up etc. I'd probably be reasonably happy with SATA-II from the logic board ports but If I can get SATA-III performance from the Velocity then it seems sensible to do so.

    Three questions which I cannot find the answers to.

    1. Where do I get the power from for the second SSD.
    2. When running OS X, will the second SSD connected bottleneck the performance of the primary SSD connected directly to the card.
    3. Where would the best place be to mount the second SSD (Ideally I'd like to keep my optical drive connected).
  2. flowrider macrumors 601


    Nov 23, 2012
    Do a search, there are threads on this. But, IMO, you should have bought the Apricorn Velocity Duo x2. That card mounts two SSDs with no need for external power. Maybe you can return and exchange your Solo x1 for a Duo x2? It would make life so much easier for you.

  3. mac65 macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    I am using the Solo X1 in my macpro3,1. I bougth a 60cm long SATA 3 cable plus a IDE power to SATA power cable (see: ide power cable to sata). I then routed the SATA 3 cable from the Solo card to the optical drive bay, where I could place the disk into the lower, empty slot below the DVD drive, with the power coming from the IDE power connector for the non-existing second optical drive.

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