Interesting new PCIe card with 2.5" SSD mount

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  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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  2. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    sounds great
    lets see if someone has tried it out and can confirm it works well.
     
  3. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Specs say: 400 Read / 220 Write (max)

    So absolutely no improvement for writes and 100MB/sec for reads.

    Sounds like a half-baked attempt at SATA3 tbh.
     
  4. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    It gets classified as SATA III as soon as it is quicker than SATA II.
    I have a SATA III SSD and a SATA II SSD and I dont notice the difference anywhere, so who cares? (yes the system supports SATA III)
    jus sayin
     
  5. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    I wonder what chipset it's using.

    In browsing their site, they have this picture, which shows what looks like 4xSSD's mounted on some kind of PCIe card, which looks very interesting. Would be nice if they offered something like this using 8x or 16x lanes. :) I wonder if this is an upcoming product since I can't see it anywhere in their product catalog...

    [​IMG]
     
  6. JavaTheHut macrumors 6502

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    Thats weird they either dropped the line or messed the url link in the site over the past day - Here is the Array http://www.apricorn.com/products/pci-sata-drive-array.html

    I had contacted this company and inquired about the future use of SATA III in the 4x array, they responded by saying they were working on it. I would like this 4x solution if it was OSX bootable and had respectable numbers for throughput balanced with co$t.
     
  7. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks... that's a slick piece of kit... especially if they go SATAIII and ideally 8 lanes of PCIe :D
     
  8. Boomhowler macrumors 6502

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    for adding 4ssd:s on one controller card you could use this:

    http://www.angelbird.com/en/wings

    but please, can anyone verify that the apricorn product is bootable?
     
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  10. electrao macrumors newbie

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    there are pci ssd cards with higher speeds, OCZ for example. Some are even faster than SATA 3, thought also quite more expensive ! not sure you can boot from those thougt.
     
  11. Boomhowler macrumors 6502

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    There is some way according to www.tonymacx86.com but I haven't tried it. For me using the OCZ Revodrive as a game/user/swap-drive is amazing and I can use another (more reliable, i.e. non-raid0-drive) as a boot drive.

    The Revodrive and Revodrive X2 can be used by just installing the correct drivers (see another post by me on this forum to find them). It's really great. Just don't buy a Revodrive 3, they apparently use some controller which isn't supported by those drivers.
     
  12. funkahdafi macrumors 6502

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    there is only so much bandwidth available on a single lane PCI-E card. So these 400/220 MB/sec. figures make total sense. This is not a limitation of SATA3, it's a limitation of the card's single lane connector.

    Unfortunately, most SATA controllers only have 1 PCI-E lane.

    As for the Angelbird Wings card: It is bootable! But beware, it's only SATA-2! However, since it is a 4-Lane PCI-E card it will really give impressive speeds when you raid-0 some SSDs on it. Just make sure you don't waste money on SATA-3 SSDs when using this.
     

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