Help choosing eSata Card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TheNightPhoenix, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2005
    I'm trying to find an eSata card that will work with my 09 MacPro.

    I saw this on Apple's site, but was not impressed with the price.

    I then found these two on

    Will with either of these two be compatible with the 09 pro? They say Mac compatible and PCI-E is that all I need to look out for?

    Also is there any real difference between the cards? I know one says it supports RAID, but I'm confused at the lack of price difference, shouldn't a RAID card be more expensive?

    I apologies is the answers seem obvious but I'm a bit :confused:
  2. sboerup macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    I purchased this one, Technology/TSATAIIE2P/, as I only needed 2 eSATA ports and it was cheaper. It does support "port multiplier" as well, if this is something important.

    The hardware works with any PCI-E and is supported by Leopard. Hot-swap too! I can unplug different external HDs and plug in new ones and they are recognized instantly!
  3. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2005
    Thanks for the info, but the Sonnet price is to high for my liking.
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative, try SYBA. They used to make some of their offerings compatible with Macs. :)
  5. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    This is only a little cheaper, unfortunately, but I use it and I like it:

    Works, no fuss, no mess. No complaints here. But it may be a little more than you were thinking of paying.

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