OWC SAS host controller

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by khollister, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. khollister macrumors 6502a

    khollister

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    Just finished installing one of the OWC mini-SAS 6G host adapters along with a Transintl DX4. I have a couple Crucial M4's mounted in the DX4 connected via a Monoprice internal mini-SAS to SATA cable. Also have a Voyager drive dock connected to the external mini-SAS connector via a mini-SAS to eSATA breakout cable.

    This gives me up to 4 internal SATA III SSD connections and 4 eSATA connections. Getting about 225-240 MBs writes and 450-485 MBs reads on the M4's.

    I am booting from an OWC SATA II SSD mounted in a drive sled in one of the original internal bays.

    Since the SAS card is an 8 lane PCIe card, I am getting 6G speeds with both M4's in operation simultaneously.

    Great solution if you are not fixated on booting from a 6G drive. I am using the M4's to stream samples in Kontakt for orchestral work.

    Hadn't seen anyone on here report using the OWC SAS card, so I thought I would recommend it.
     
  2. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Great stuff... what card exactly are you using? Can you provide a link?
     
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  4. khollister thread starter macrumors 6502a

    khollister

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    Correct - that's the one.

    I had to pay the $55 for the external mini-SAS to eSATA cable since Monoprice only has internal to SATA cables.
     
  5. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    Was also looking at this card but the dual external one for use with LTO5 drive and eSATA fanout.
     
  6. chatfan macrumors regular

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    If you have any practical experience to share on that subject, I would love to hear it. Want to connect a HP StorageWorks LTO-5 Ultrium 3280 to get some tapes to put off site.

     

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