Corsair Force Series 3 SATA III SSD for Early 2008 Mac Pro?

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  1. helios410 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    So I'm interested in installing a Corsair Force Series 3 SSD as my boot drive for an early 2008 Mac Pro. Does anyone have one installed in their Mac Pro? How has your experience been thus far?

    I am aware that the SSD is SATA III, while the Mac Pro is SATA II. However, some preliminary Google searches indicate that there won't be a compatibility issue, only a loss in speed. Is this true?

    Also, can I use the included bracket for installation? Or do I have to go with the IcyDock?

    Thanks.
     
  2. xgman macrumors 601

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    I would recommend going with a sandforce based SSD if possible. Any of the OWC brackets for SSD's should be fine. Make sure you get the correct 08 MP version though suince the 2010 rail is a different size.
     
  3. philipma1957, Dec 27, 2011
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    that bracket does not work. this works


    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/ADPTADRV/



    also here is a different ssd to use



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147161


    it is 128gb and it is cheaper. it is a SATA II but you have a mac pro so the SATA III is no big deal.

    I rather have the extra 8gb in size and save 10 bucks.
     
  4. helios410 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. VirtualRain, Dec 28, 2011
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    VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Really? Why? Most people's advice is to avoid Sandforce based drives. The failure rates are notorious. My advice... go Intel, Crucial (Marvell) or Samsung. Even the Corsair Performance Pro which uses the Marvell controller is a safer bet. All great drives, superior reliability and the Crucial M4 will perform as well as anything and it's among the best in the bang-for-the-buck dept.
     
  6. xgman macrumors 601

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    Because they are just faster. I've had better luck with Sandforce and failures with others. The Marvell Corsair I tried was miserable. Might be luck of the draw though. The latest OWC Mercury Xtreme drive I have has been flawless. The OCZ ones have been mixed.
     
  7. Boomhowler macrumors 6502

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    Even though the SF-drives have worked great for me I wouldn't buy another one in the state they are now due to statistically worse performance than other manufacturers. Anecdotes doesn't do much for evidence.
    The (if existing) momentarily performance gain is quickly nullified if the drive dies on you. Both the Performance Pro and the samsung 830 outclasses even the best sandforce drives in some cases and are not far behind in other cases.

    I would suggest spending some time on the http://www.anandtech.com/bench/SSD/65
    to see how large the difference is between drives.
     

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