SAS PCI-X Card for G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bunnspecial, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. bunnspecial macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    I've found myself with a big pile of server grade 15K RPM SAS drives.

    I don't have any particular need for fast speeds with these drive, but none the less would like to do something with them and building a RAID array in my G5 seems like a decent starting point.

    So, what I'm wondering is if anyone knows of a PCI or PCI-X card for SAS drives that will work in a G5?

    Thanks
     
  2. 128keaton macrumors 68020

    128keaton

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    I second this request, as this just sounds badass.
     
  3. bunnspecial thread starter macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    Just to follow up on this, I ended up doing a little more dumpster diving and recovering the rack mount servers that these drives came out of.

    With the help of a friend(who set them up in their original installation) I set up one as a glorified NAS with 6 drives in RAID level 5. The high RPM SAS drives combined with the fact that they're in RAID gave us a(benchmarked) read/write speed of 3.5gb/sec. I'd call that not too shabby, especially considering that gigabit ethernet is going to be the bottleneck with them.

    I have a few more of the servers, so I may end up setting up a couple more of them this way. And, if it's not verboten to say so on here, one of the 8 core(dual quad-core) Xeon blades may end up running 10.6 Snow Leopard.
     

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