Best Internal SATA III Controller for DX4

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NoManIsland, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. NoManIsland macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2010
    I am looking at getting the DX4 from TransInternational, and I want to choose a 4 internal port SATA III controller to pair with it, as it will eventually be filled with SSDs. I'm looking for any recommendations here, preferably around the $300 range. I have no desire for RAID functionality, and in fact I'd prefer to do without it (the less complicated, more reliable). Based on the feedback I've gotten here, I don't trust the controller they offer to pair up with it.
  2. NoManIsland, Mar 27, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2011

    NoManIsland thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2010
    Would this work for what I'm trying to do? I know it isn't SATA III, but I can't seem to find one in any of my usual retailers.

    What about this for a cheaper solution? Still not SATA III, but temptingly cheap.

    This has SATA III, is cheap, but I've heard bad things about Highpoint - any experiences?
  3. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    The only thing I can offer is I have a Highpoint 2720 in my hackintosh and it has been working wonderfully in OS X. Unfortunately I don't have any SATAIII disks to test anything, but the card works in OS X although it isn't officially supported by Highpoint (the 2722 is, but those drivers work for the 2720).
  4. NoManIsland thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2010
    Thanks, that looks like a great option! Does what I need, below budget. Anyone else have experience with this card? Especially in a normal MP?
  5. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    I have tried ATTO and Arcea internal sata 3 cards in my MP and the only one that would boot OSX was the ATTO and that had issues on reboot. You had to power down wait a bit and then power back up, so it was impractical to a great extent.
  6. NoManIsland thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2010
    Thanks for the info. I won't be using the array for a boot drive, rather to house my sample library; do you think that the Atto or Arcea cards would cause problems in that usage scenario?

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