Has anyone ever used this? (pcie esata card)

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  1. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  2. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    well, they certainly seem to be some kind of "über-cards" :D.... suposedly they work and boot under almost any OS, no drivers needed for OSX, and the price is great. My gut tells me it's not very likely it works that well - but that's just a hunch.

    So, what's their return policy? I mean, in case you buy any of them and it doesn't deliver... If their return policy is not straight forward, I would pass - the amazon seller seems to be in Germany, with only 3 vendor reviews and 33% of them negative, so....

    But if you take the risk, let us know how it goes...

    cheers!
     
  3. kellen macrumors 68020

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    OWC (macsales) has basically the same (with faster speeds, 500MB/s) for the same price. I would rather go with them.
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    Isn't a simple bracket to make use of the extra 2 SATA ports on the mainboard of the Mac Pro much cheaper?
     
  5. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree... OWC all the way due to their customer service and mac experience.

    I would just add that the MaxPower card you cite is not bootable on any mac platform. It seems no eSata PCIe card is - at least the ones OWC sells (I thought the Sonnet one did, but no).

    The cards cited by the OP claim they are indeed bootable - but as I said, I doubt it. Anyway...

    Yes - around 20 dollars... but it also has some shortcomings, like not being hot swappable, and the fact that newer MPs do not have the extra sata connections earlier models offered... so to connect it you would sacrifice at least one internal sata port.

    cheers!
     
  6. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Good catch, I missed that.
     
  7. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    well since the 2 port is 50 and uses 1 slot I may purchase it. If I do I will get back with results. Phil
     
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    From my experience experimenting with these 3rd party PCI-e cards, only the ones with JMicron chipsets works out of the box without any drivers and bootable. One thing that sucks however is they don't support Port Multiplier. i.e. if you have an external closure that supports two or more HDD, only one will be detected.

    If you happen to find one with the Silicon Image, SIL3132 chipset, it needs drivers to work, not bootable but has support for port multiplier.

    Hope that helps in any way. Have a good weekend. Cheers!
     
  9. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    cool... I've been looking for a bootable/hot swapable PCIe eSata card with 2 ports... I don't know about the chips on the cards OWC sells, but none of them appear to be bootable...

    Can you recommend a specific one with this JMicron chip (for a 2009 Quad MP)?

    thanks
     
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    philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I will second that JMicron boots into 2010 and 2009 mac pros. I found one on ebay for under 15 bucks.

    Pros :

    1)it boots
    2)low cost

    cons :

    1) one port not two
    2) slow for esata 120MB/s
    3) no PM only sees one drive


    I am hoping the german one with 2 ports for 50 bucks works to boot and does pm. I also hope it is faster then 120GB/s

    Also to the poster that has also used a JMicron do you have a two port one or one port? I need the two port.
     
  11. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    Which is the better one to go for since they made a RAID version as well that's only $10 more.

     
  12. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Good find!
    Not really expensive for a 4 port card with PM support (up to 20 drives).
    Pity that they don't have a 4 port 6Gb/s card, that would be the ideal card for me.
     
  13. philipma1957 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I own this:
    it does not boot
    it does not do pm

    it does a fast pair of ssds in external cases that have 2 esata jacks in raid0 really fast 400mb/s or so.
     
  14. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    The chip needed to do that hasn't been released yet, nor has a 6.0Gb/s PM chip.
     
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    Oh, I didn't knew it. So it seems there is at least a single point where my 1,1 is better than the newer ones ;)
     
  17. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    It is not bootable in the MP, and you can get it much cheaper too (here). :eek: :p

    Seriously. Same chip (SIL3132), and Silicon Image makes the drivers (here - 32/64 bit support in the OS X driver package).
     

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