Kingston Hyperx Predator pcie ssd bootable in Mac Pro 3,1?

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  1. isisism, Aug 2, 2016
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    isisism macrumors newbie

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    I want to pull the trigger on this but need to be certain it will be bootable in my Early 2008 MP 3,1. Can anyone tell me?

    Also, if bootable, is there anything I need to do to set the Mac to boot from the pcie ssd? I will be doing a fresh install of a later OS.

    Additionally, I'm upgrading my GPU and they are so thick I want to know that I'll be able to fit the SSD, the new GPU, most likely an R9 280x and a USB 3.0 card in my slots. Will that all fit in the appropriate slots?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000

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    I don't know about that drive specifically, however, in general booting is supported by PCIe SSDs.

    Nothing special to do in terms of installation. What I would do if I were you is to boot off you current drive, download the OS installer, run it, pointing it to this drive, then you can remove or reformat the other drive once it's all done. Lots easier than trying to make some kind of bootable media.

    In terms of fit, this will be relatively thin and shouldn't be a problem. Most GPUs will take a full two slots. You have 4 slots so if you put the GPU in the first 2, this in the 3rd and the USB 3 card in the 4th, they should fit just fine. Short cards usually don't interfere with GPU fans.
     
  3. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    I just installed a Apiricorn Velocity 1 in my 09 mac pro with a 240 gig SSD works great so far
     
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    This works fine, it is a standard AHCI PCIe x4 2.0 SSD, a generation before SM951 in a way.
     
  7. Dan DC macrumors newbie

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    I just received one of these for my mp 3,1 and it wasn't recognised either in System Report, or Disk Utility. Did an online chat with tech support at Kingston and they said it wasn't compatible. Has anyone had any success with it?
     
  8. Zanr Zij macrumors newbie

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    People usually go with Ocw card. I'm using a Marvel 88SE9230 card and native support by many MacOS version.

    My card has 1x mSATA + 3x SATA3. System report say the link speed = 5Gbps = quite good enough.

    My MP 3.1 now has USB 3.0 ( FL1100 ), SATA3 ( Marvel 9230 ).

    But now I have small problem: ssd show as external drive so I can not install Windows by Boot Campt. I'm trying to solve it. I'm newbie here so it take time for me :)
     
  9. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    This thread is about PCIe SSD, not a SATA SSD installed on/via a PCIe card. They are very different.

    For PCIe SSD, the PCIe card is just a simple adaptor, nothing more, no controller on it. Therefore, technically, cannot be "unsupported".

    The card you've mentioned is for SATA SSD, can't even install the PCIe SSD blade on it. The HyperX Predator's max performance is about 300% of your SSD setup.
     
  10. scmartin9 macrumors newbie

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    I'd like to put the hyperx predator 480gb in my 2008 3,1 mac pro as the boot drive. But, I've been told it won't work. Have you had any issues? My current write speed is only 60mb/s on the original 320gb drive!
     
  11. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    I have the Kingston HyperX Predator 240GB as my boot drive in a MacPro3,1.
    Worked fine right out of the box.

    DiskSpeedTest.png IMG_0018.JPG
     
  12. scmartin9 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, you're getting some good speeds. I wonder if there is any difference between the 240gb and 480gb?

    here is my current speed on the original drive for comparison!

    DiskSpeedTest.png
     
  13. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    Reportedly it should be faster.
    The following quote is something I found online, and it sounds reasonable to me.

    "The HyperX Predator is available in both 240GB and 480GB capacities, though the higher-capacity drive is faster. That’s due to more parallelism at work, since the bigger drive has more NAND flash modules to work with."
     
  14. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    Yes, apart from capacity. The 480GB model's max sequential write speed is ~1000MB/s, but 240GB model is just ~600MB/s
     
  15. Ryatzu macrumors newbie

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    Can also confirm this (have the same speed in 4,1)
     

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