MP 1,1-5,1 Setting Up an OWC 1.0TB Accelsior 4M2?

choreo

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This is similar to another post I made, but NOT referencing the OWC SoftRAID product. I will be upgrading to Mojave on my 2012 Mac Pro soon as well, but that is a separate issue.

I am considering purchasing the following as a new boot drive to replace my aging Velocity Solo x2 PCI card/Samsung 540EVO SSDs in hopes of gaining some speed?


I primarily use the entire Adobe Creative Suite.

What my question is...

What is a logical way to configure/partition this new 4M2 card to get maximum attainable speed for both boot up, Adobe app launching and working within files in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, etc.?

In other words, should I create a "separate" scratch partition on this same card or leave it all as a single boot partition and just let the Adobe apps access space on that same partition first (using one of my internal spinning disks as a scratch disk)?

Also do you see any benefit to me purchasing maybe a larger capacity 4M2 card and putting my client files/data on a separate partition there vs keeping them on another one of my internal spinning disks (where they are now)?

Thanks for any incite as I am way behind the curve!
 

tsialex

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This is similar to another post I made, but NOT referencing the OWC SoftRAID product. I will be upgrading to Mojave on my 2012 Mac Pro soon as well, but that is a separate issue.

I am considering purchasing the following as a new boot drive to replace my aging Velocity Solo x2 PCI card/Samsung 540EVO SSDs in hopes of gaining some speed?


I primarily use the entire Adobe Creative Suite.

What my question is...

What is a logical way to configure/partition this new 4M2 card to get maximum attainable speed for both boot up, Adobe app launching and working within files in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, etc.?

In other words, should I create a "separate" scratch partition on this same card or leave it all as a single boot partition and just let the Adobe apps access space on that same partition first (using one of my internal spinning disks as a scratch disk)?

Also do you see any benefit to me purchasing maybe a larger capacity 4M2 card and putting my client files/data on a separate partition there vs keeping them on another one of my internal spinning disks (where they are now)?

Thanks for any incite as I am way behind the curve!
The important question here is your choice of card, why buy this card for a MP5,1? It's a x8 card for a PCIe 2.0 Mac that limits you to ~2800MB/s and locks you to OWC blades.

Buy a x16 like HighPoint or Sonnet and have the full throughput of the PCIe switch (over 3200MB/s) and you have the choice of buying the blades that will work best for you.
 

choreo

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The important question here is your choice of card, why buy this card for a MP5,1? It's a x8 card for a PCIe 2.0 Mac that limits you to ~2800MB/s and locks you to OWC blades.

Buy a x16 like HighPoint or Sonnet and have the full throughput of the PCIe switch (over 3200MB/s) and you have the choice of buying the blades that will work best for you.
Guess I need to do more research! What combination would you recommend?
 

JedNZ

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OWC have the 0TB 4M2 on sale for US$244.75 ($35 off) right now here. Only 4 left in stock. I assume you can use any M.2 SSD with it.

Updated: with link and price.
 

OkiRun

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The important question here is your choice of card, why buy this card for a MP5,1? It's a x8 card for a PCIe 2.0 Mac that limits you to ~2800MB/s and locks you to OWC blades.

Buy a x16 like HighPoint or Sonnet and have the full throughput of the PCIe switch (over 3200MB/s) and you have the choice of buying the blades that will work best for you.
Alex ~
Do you have a recommendation for best ssd to put into the Sonnet PCI Card? Looking to get 8tb or even 16tb is available.
 

tsialex

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Alex ~
Do you have a recommendation for best ssd to put into the Sonnet PCI Card? Looking to get 8tb or even 16tb is available.
Sonnet card don't support double sided blades without mods, so, 8TB is what you can get today and probably next year too.

4x 2TB Samsung 970 EVO+ seems the best you can get right now.
 
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