Samsung 960 EVO M.2 in Mac Pro 5.1

bubbalv

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Aug 30, 2009
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Hello -- I just bought a Samsung 960 EVO m.2 for my 2010 Mac Pro & installed it in a StarTech PCIE to m.2 SSD adapter (PEX4M2E1) and it doesn't work. Trying to install a fresh copy of macOS and Disk Utility doesn't see it. Should it work or are one of these components not compatible? I yanked out the old spinner and want to use this as my boot drive but I'm getting no love :(

Thanks.
 

Raunien

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Aug 3, 2011
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Hello -- I just bought a Samsung 960 EVO m.2 for my 2010 Mac Pro & installed it in a StarTech PCIE to m.2 SSD adapter (PEX4M2E1) and it doesn't work. Trying to install a fresh copy of macOS and Disk Utility doesn't see it. Should it work or are one of these components not compatible? I yanked out the old spinner and want to use this as my boot drive but I'm getting no love :(

Thanks.

Unfortunately, the 960 is an NVMe drive, which cannot be used with a cMP as a boot drive.
 

bubbalv

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Aug 30, 2009
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Unfortunately, the 960 is an NVMe drive, which cannot be used with a cMP as a boot drive.

Well that's unfortunate. Thank goodness for Amazon easy returns.

What's the fastest recommended pcie m.2 drive that will work as a boot drive?
 

bubbalv

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Aug 30, 2009
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Oh my that is a little spendy. What's the next best that can be bought at a reasonable price?
 

AndreeOnline

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I have a 1TB SSUBX (around 1500MB/s R/W) that I would sell to a fellow enthusiast, since I will need to free up that PCIe slot shortly.

Like this one here. Perfect working condition and I currently boot from it in my cMP 5.1.

I could include the necessary PCIe adapter. PM if interested.
 

bubbalv

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Aug 30, 2009
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Just in case anyone is curious. With a 1GB test file I get the following:

Write: 1158mb/sec
Read: 1003mb/sec

With a 16GB test file:

Write: 1160mb/sec
Read: 1316mb/sec
 

xuanxuanllx

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Jan 14, 2017
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佛山foshan
Hello -- I just bought a Samsung 960 EVO m.2 for my 2010 Mac Pro & installed it in a StarTech PCIE to m.2 SSD adapter (PEX4M2E1) and it doesn't work. Trying to install a fresh copy of macOS and Disk Utility doesn't see it. Should it work or are one of these components not compatible? I yanked out the old spinner and want to use this as my boot drive but I'm getting no love :(

Thanks.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/nvme-on-macpro-3-1-success-sort-of.2026658/
this may will help →_→
 

Mutirips

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Jan 15, 2017
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Bucharest, Romania
Ok guys! This is my first post and I need some help.

After blindly buying a Plextor M8pe 512Gb PCIe card, installed it in my Mac Pro 5,1 and fiddling around with it... ofcourse it is not working.

From this thread I understand that no nvme card will work. So the question is: What is the fastest ssd under 280 Euros that will just work. Like plug-n-play and work as a boot drive?

I know a guy who has the HyperX Predator 480Gb ssd, and someone here said that has the same ssd and it works. Should I go with the HyperX? Or what should I buy?

I am willing to sacrifice the capacity for the speed. A ~500Gb would be perfect, but I can do my work with a ~250Gb drive as well.

Thank you very much!
PS: I am not new with computers, but I am new with macs (and I love them!)
 

Egorich

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Jan 26, 2018
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From this thread I understand that no nvme card will work. So the question is: What is the fastest ssd under 280 Euros that will just work. Like plug-n-play and work as a boot drive?
I know a guy who has the HyperX Predator 480Gb ssd, and someone here said that has the same ssd and it works. Should I go with the HyperX? Or what should I buy?

Apparently, Samsung SM951 (that is if you can find it). Plug-and-play, but might be overpriced.
 

bubbalv

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 30, 2009
12
1
Ok guys! This is my first post and I need some help.

After blindly buying a Plextor M8pe 512Gb PCIe card, installed it in my Mac Pro 5,1 and fiddling around with it... ofcourse it is not working.

From this thread I understand that no nvme card will work. So the question is: What is the fastest ssd under 280 Euros that will just work. Like plug-n-play and work as a boot drive?

I know a guy who has the HyperX Predator 480Gb ssd, and someone here said that has the same ssd and it works. Should I go with the HyperX? Or what should I buy?

I am willing to sacrifice the capacity for the speed. A ~500Gb would be perfect, but I can do my work with a ~250Gb drive as well.

Thank you very much!
PS: I am not new with computers, but I am new with macs (and I love them!)

Did you read the messages in this thread? I bought a Kingston Predator HyperX 480GB for the same model Mac Pro and it worked perfectly.
 

h9826790

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Apr 3, 2014
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If I understand well, since High Sierra 10.13, any NVMe are now bootable with the new EFI boot ROM ;)

AFAIK, only the nMP has native NVMe bootability update.

The firmware update on cMP are mainly for APFS booting. Apple didn’t add NVMe bootibility to the cMP.
 

thierrybeginl

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May 2, 2017
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AFAIK, only the nMP has native NVMe bootability update.

The firmware update on cMP are mainly for APFS booting. Apple didn’t add NVMe bootibility to the cMP.

I see. New variable each time I read something on this subject... lol

thanks for the tip ;)
 

h9826790

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Apr 3, 2014
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There is now a firmware patch for NVMe on 5.1 Mac Pro search google docs NVMe patch
And it’s bootable
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WNkM9LuGPq1sArO9EedWBHYq14NU7m-mDBLAWWJipyM/mobilebasic

Arr.... yes, we know that. If you read the whole document, you will find handheldgames name on it, and he is a active member in this forum.

And this link is actually in the sticky cMP upgrade thread

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/mp51-0084-b00-rom-dump-request.2119496/page-7#post-26108167
 
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