msata to sata Powermac G5?

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  1. appleish19 macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone,

    I've been looking at some used 3 Gbps intel ssds. But I'm wondering if an msata would clock down if I used a msata to sata adapter? Like my PowerBook G4 with msata to ata100 adapter does.
     
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    Yeah, the SATA protocol is the SATA protocol, regardless of connector type. Just make sure you're getting an mSATA, not a SATA Express (which is really PCI-Express over a SATA-like interface.) Although if you're talking about "used 3 Gbps" that won't be a problem.

    Heck, you could even adapt mSATA to SATA to PATA, and put it in your PowerBook G4, if you really felt like it. (Although that would be a massive waste of a fast SSD...)
     
  3. appleish19 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. Actually the used ones I was looking at are 2 1/2 inch standard sata SSDs. I was just wondering because most of the new msata SSDs are sata III. Just getting to the bottom of whether or not the adapter will downgrade the speed from sata III to sata I because I know the PowerMac G5's can be picky with SSD speeds.
     
  4. val1984 macrumors member

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    I don't think an adapter will change anything about the exposed SATA protocol so a SATA3 mSATA SSD would remain SATA3 in such an adapter.
     
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    No, the adapter won't downgrade anything. It will pass it straight through. But the SSD itself should be capable of operating at the slower SATA-150 speed.
     
  6. appleish19 thread starter macrumors regular

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    What kind of SSDs typically the play well with the Power Mac G5 and iMac G5 in general?
     
  7. val1984 macrumors member

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    SATA1/2 SSDs do work in PowerMac G5. I have a 180 GB Intel 320 SSD in my Quad and it works well, as a boot disk.
     
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    Thanks. I've seen some for a reasonable price. Just worried about the wear and tear from previous users.
     
  9. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't help that much, but I can confirm, that a crucial m4 msata-3 (6Gb) + SATA adapter won't work in a PowerMac G5 late 2005, but it did work in a PM G4 AGP (with adapter to pATA, as well as to SATA, connected to a PCI-SATA-card) and several ibook G4s (with adapter to PATA). Well, at least you can cross that special model off your list. ;)

    (PS: a fast 10k Velocirapter SATA-3 didn't work in a PM G5, too unless a jumper was set, but only in the lower Drive-carrier-slot.)
     

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