PCIe Storage in Power Mac G5?


666sheep

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Has anybody tried using those internal PCIe storage cards in a Late 2005 Power Mac G5?

Shouldn't they work in theory?

Things like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227709
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.
 

Nameci

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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.
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?
 

666sheep

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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.
 

Cox Orange

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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.