PCIe Storage in Power Mac G5?

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    If you want theory, here it is:

    First revision of Revo was using Sil3124 controller. There's a 10.4 and 10.5 PPC driver for this chip, so theoretically it could work.
    However, there's also PI7C9X130 bridge chip converting PCI/PCI-X signal to PCIe. If it's transparent for OS, Revo will work. If it isn't - it won't.
     
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    Big question is, is it bootable on a PowerMac G5? I am guessing it is not. If it will work on Leopard it means that it is only good for storage?
     
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    It doesn't have to be bootable, but it would be faster than SATA 1 and a good way to store in general.
     
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    Revos are cheap nowadays, esp. first gen., so maybe it's worth to try.
    I think that this bridge chip is transparent for OS.
    Ensure that you're buying Sil3124 based one.
    Drivers are available on Silicon Image website.
     
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    AMCC 3ware 9650SE line is 100% compatible (also sold under the brand LSI). Driver's are found on their website. It is not bootable, though. Fun fact: it uses a PowerPC chip on the card.
     

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