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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by RoastingPig, Jun 11, 2013.
any insight or opinions will be very helpful. thank you.
I have "tried" to install a usb3 card in my 2009 MP with no luck. The lack of n easy way to get power to the usb3 card and the work around required almost caused me to fry my machine. Others have gotten various usb3 cards working but there is no easy and trouble free solution I am aware of.
Putting those 3tb drives into an external enclosure is not hard to do.
If you put either the Saphire 7950, or the GTX680 Mac editions in you will get the boot screen. They should be drop in plug, and play. Don't know whether a PCIe SSD card supports trim or not, but I really don't think you need it. I'm probably going to install the OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCI Express SSD into my new 3.06 gig 12 core Mac Pro. I like their products, and have had very good luck with them. You really won't need any drivers for it unless you plan to use the rear eSata ports in which case there is a sleep issue that they have fixed with drivers.
As far as usb3.0 is concerned, many people like the CalDigit card and is probably the card I would install. Does not require any power supply I know of. It works in Windows as well, is backwards compatible with 2.0, but does require a driver.
I love my 2012 12 core 3.06 gig machine, and with the SSD card, and new video card it should serve me well for at least another 3 years. I still like the tower form factor much better than having a mess of cables, and boxes on my desk.
The tower Mac Pro is so easy to upgrade, swap out drives, and such. You'll love it if these things are important to you.
Either deal with the limitations of current macs or move ove to a pc workstation thats updated properly with the latest and greatest. The 2012 models are no slouch but not that latest technology. You could build a sweet dual processor one under 4 grand and probably 3 if your careful on components with current technology.
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