SATA 3 & USB 3 cards OOTB

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  1. bax2003, Jun 22, 2013
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    Hi, did you need to power the USB 3.0 card, looks like it needs it?
     
  3. stevedusa macrumors regular

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    Looks like the Inateck requires the SATA power port. Look at the picture of the card, on the back there is a SATA power port located.

    However it seems like the Inateck is only available in Europe at the moment.
     
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    You need to power it. Without SATA power, it will be recognised by OS X, but nothing will be mounted on it, whatever that is, flash or external HDD. Once you connect SATA power, everything works fine.
     
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    Can you make a performace test with a SSD to test the bandwidth of both controllers?
     
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    Just to confirm that this Inateck card works well. I bought it for just £15.99 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B6ZCNGM/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It is the same Fresco FL1100 Chip as the slightly more expensive Orico http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008V3THAC/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It does require power which threw me slightly at first as I was expecting a Molex connector whereas the nice red circuit board actually has a SATA connector but a Molex->SATA adaptor cable is shipped in the box with it.
     
  7. Porco, Jul 8, 2013
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    I just bought the Inateck card too, for my 2010 Mac Pro (5,1)… I was unsure about exactly what cable I needed to power it, there isn't any standard molex on a 2010 Mac Pro is there? Do you have an earlier MP?

    Anyway, I bought a SATA power cable extension (i.e. Female to Male) like this one but had to cut off one of the plastic guide 'tongs' so it would fit into one of the empty hard drive bay SATA connectors (I went for PCI-E Slot 4 and the power from Drive Bay 4, keeping it tidy). Hope that helps anyone who was unsure about the same thing.

    Works great though so far! Have wanted to put a USB 3.0 card in for a while now, I have a few external drives that shall now fly where previously they crawled… :)

    I shall, thanks for the info. :)
     
  8. bax2003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    From Corsair Force GT 180GB i got 210 write and 360 read. Better than 185 / 210 from SATA 2 on Mac Pro + I saved internal ports for HDDs.

    At the moment I do not have any (fast) USB 3 Devices, except one USB 3 Flash drive but its speed is not worth mentioning.
     
  9. ntemples1 macrumors newbie

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    I have just done exactly this, works brilliantly, many thanks for the info!
     
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    Any card based on the Marvell 88SE92xx chips boot OS X, which from my brief search suggests the two OP cards are based on.

    Doesn't matter who they are made by or branded by as long as the controller chip is the Marvell!

    [Note: Others might boot too, but I know for a fact that the Marvell 88SE92xx series chips do boot OS X!]
     
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    No.
     
  14. westrock2000 macrumors 6502

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    I have an Apricorn Velocity Solo in my Mac Pro 1,1.

    It boots no problem. I originally did the OSX installation with an SSD on SATA5 port. Installed the expansion board and selected it to boot. Works no problem.

    The Syba SY-PEX40039 uses the same AS Media ASM1061 chipset that works natively in OSX. It's about $20, Microcenter has them in stock as well.

    Speed wise it's limited to PCI 1.0 on my Pro 1,1. So I only got about ~150MB/s. Which is still fine OS activity.
     
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    Bus or wall powered drives?
    Most of PCIe USB cards will eject bus powered drives when put to sleep.
    From my understanding it's due to lack of current on PCIe bus during the sleep. Mine does that with bus powered drives but re-mounts them after wake.
     
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    For now i tried just bus powered drives. I don't have USB 3 drives with external power.
     
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    Where do you draw additional power for the card from? Mine is powered from HDD bay connector.
     
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    Same source, splitted optibay power.
     
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    Ordered the Inateck, going to yank my USB 3.0 PCIe card that I bought several months ago, and connect my SSD to the Inateck.

    I'll post before and after benchmarks of the SSD, and possibly USB 3.0 benchmarks vs the current card I have.
     
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  22. squareeyes, Dec 17, 2014
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    Looks like there is a new card which doesn't require power. Although reading through the comments a user mentions that's because "most USB 3 devices have their own power".

    Beyond that it's not clear whether it will power non powered devices. I'm a noob... does PCIe supply any power? I can't see any power connectors on the board either, which might mean it can only power already powered devices.

    It also says it's not Yosemite compatible. But users say that it does work (although another user says slow performance). I have a 2008 Mac Pro that I got as a file server, and installed Yosemite. Does anyone know any Yosemite supported cards that will work on my Mac? I am interested in both Sata 3 and USB 3.
     
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    This is a very old and outdated thread. Why don't you go to this thread and read through it. The last few pages have the most updated information about newer cards.
     

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