SATA 6Gbs Boot 5.1

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  1. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Simple enough question. I am looking for a PCIe 4x card with SATAIII internal ports that can support booting off my Intel 520 series SSD.

    I've read a lot of threads here but most are not clear which card will do just this. Most threads seem to be concerned with running multiple drives and or RAID.

    I want a card that simply gives 2 internal SATA 6Gbs ports and is supported by the 5.1 Mac Pro for booting OSX 10.8.4.

    Can someone clear this up for me as I don't want to get a Rocket RAID 640L when I don't need much of its capability.

    Price is my driving factor. Cabling it in is no issue for me.
     
  2. costabunny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Looks good - i shall have a foogle tomorrow and see if i can find the Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 Extreme in the UK at a reasonable price.
     
  3. flowrider macrumors 601

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    The Aoricorn Velocity Solo x2 is the one your looking for, IMHO. I have one and luv it!

    Lou
     
  4. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

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    Would such a card get the same performance no matter where it was seated (any of the PCI slots)?

    Would I get 2x the performance compared to my boot SSD, which is seated in a conventional MacPro drive bay? More than 2x?
     
  5. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Yes. The 2009 Mac Pro has two 4 Lane PCIE slots and two 16 lane PCIe slots. The Solo x2 requires a 2 lane slot, and all four of the slots in the 2009 and later Mac Pro qualify. I have mine mounted in slot three, a 4 Lane slot.

    Lou
     
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    Why don't you get an SSD card, just attach the SSD to the card and plug it in to the PCIe slot.
     
  8. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^For me there are two reasons.

    1. Cost

    2. I rather have a modular design. That way if one (the Card or the SSD) breaks, I can replace the offending piece without replacing the whole assembly.

    Lou
     
  9. AlexanderM, Sep 7, 2013
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    I am interesting in buying Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 too.

    I already have Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series SSD with 10.8.4 and all my applications sitting in bay 1 of my MP 5.1.

    My question is: if I just take my Samsung SSD from bay 1 and put it in Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 in to one of PCIe slots and reboot, will mac recognize it as a boot drive and will see the OSX and all apps?

    In another words: after moving my SSD from bay 1 (SATA II) to PCIe slot will it be working at 6 Gb/s? My understanding is that now it only works at 3 Gb/s.
     
  10. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

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    thnx for info, flow rider
     
  11. slughead macrumors 68040

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    The Highpoint Rocket 640L and RocketRaid 640L are both bootable--if you want 4 ports of SATA III :)
     
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  13. costabunny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well I think I shall aim for the Apricon one. For now I will see how it performs in the std sataII port.

    I may even find I dont need the extra speed.

    :)
     
  14. flowrider macrumors 601

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    An a word - YES.

    Lou
     
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    Show me a link and I'll get one.
     
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    i have double check at the syba site, the part no. is the same SD-PEX40068.



    you've never seen doesn't mean not exist :D
     
  21. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    For boot drives, SATA2 v SATA3 may make no difference, since the writes and reads are so small. Just a thought.

     
  22. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Never said it didn't:confused: Thanks for the link.

    Lou
     
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