Mac Pro SSD question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BrenMyster, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. BrenMyster macrumors member

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    Hey folks

    I just brought a new vertex 4 SSD for my 2010 mac pro.
    I'm only getting speeds of 260mb/s from it, is this because of my mother board?

    Will I be able to upgrade the firmware so it runs the drive at 560mb/s?

    or am I stuck at 260? It's noticeably faster so I'm still happy but the 560 would be epic.

    Thanks

    B
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes... your MB only supports SATA II, so you will not see the SATA III capabilities of the drive.
     
  3. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    You need to buy a SATA3 card to get more than 260MB/s.
     
  4. BrenMyster thread starter macrumors member

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  6. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    Sounds good, only take care.....

    If you want to boot from that setup (USB 3.0 card and SSD). To my best knowledge, only a handful of USB 3.0 cards can boot from Mac OS X in the Mac Pro:( :):apple:
     
  7. paul-n macrumors regular

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    I would recommend just staying with your integrated controller, because the important random IOs are often better with the chipset integrated controller compared to 3rd party controllers. Usually most users don't have any other drive to read/write sequential as fast as SATA 6 GBit/s allows.
     
  8. heved macrumors member

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    RAID 0 with two SSDs as boot drive

    I just bought two SSDs (400GB each) to set up with RAID 0 as an 800GB boot drive which will give me 500MB/sec reads and writes with my SATA II Mac Pro 2009. Another option for ya :)
     

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