SSD Pci-e adapter with Marvell 88SE9130

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  1. Akira28.com, Oct 2, 2013
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    Akira28.com macrumors member

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    So, basically i bought a samsung 840 pro for my mac pro 5.1.
    All i wanted was to reduce a little the bottleneck of the sata2 using a pci-express to ssd adapter (not an apricorn, just a simple 1x slot).
    The guy who sold it me was like "yeah, these cards are made basically for mac pros users", and as i installed it's not recognised. Not seen as an HD, so no way to boot from it.

    I tried using 3 different OSs: 10.6, 10.6.8, 10.8.5; same results.

    I saw Marvell hasn't any kind of driver for mac, so i wanna know if there's a way to make this adapter work. Because i saw more than one person selling my same adapter as a "boot from mac working" adapter.

    It mounts a Marvell 88SE9130, what i see from the system profiler is this:

    Sorry if there was a similar thread, i made some research but didn't look like there was any.
     
  2. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    I can say for certain that the Highpoint Rocket 640L Lite is one way of getting bootable SATA III. It has the Marvell 88SE9230 on it.

    I should state that as it is shipped, it is likely to have older firmware on it which will require flashing in a PC with a bootable DOS USB or CD. The firmware I got on my 640L allowed booting in OSX and Windows but didn't Wake from Sleep. Once flashed, that restriction was resolved but the drives were reported as External, probably because it allows hot swapping.

    I would recommend you return your 1x card and upgrade to a newer one such as the Rocket 640L or Apricorn cards.

    You might appreciate a read of the guide I posted about the 640L here... http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1648335
     
  3. Akira28.com thread starter macrumors member

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    If i had some budget to upgrade to an Apricorn i wouldn't have opened this thread :)
    I'd need something to make this specific card work
     
  4. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    Then I suggest you open a support ticket with Highpoint - they were reasonably quick to respond when I had a query about my 640L
     
  5. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    OP, this chip isn't supported by OS X from what I know.
    However you can try to make it work using custom driver from hackintosh.
    If you want to try, check attached file. There's custom AHCI kext which supports many 3rd party AHCI controllers. I've added your card's device and vendor ID to it and made installer package. I cannot guarantee it will work and if it will, it won't be bootable.
     

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  6. Akira28.com thread starter macrumors member

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    I haven't the kext you were referring to (AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext) and when i try to install i get this:
     

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  7. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    What OS? I've forgotten to say that it will work on 10.7+. Tested installer in 10.8.4 on my machine and it works without problems.
     
  8. Maxpecas macrumors newbie

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    Strange,

    it shoulb be run.


    I've exactly the same. Working on 10.6.8, 10.8.5 both in Mac Pro 3.1 and 5.1

    If you want boot an AHCI device, it must be without driver or extension, of course !
     

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  9. Akira28.com thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes it's very strange. The guy who sold it to me said there was no problems in mac, but that's what i'm seeing with that card plugged, both on 10.6.8. and 10.8.5

    ----------

    Daniel, this is the card you're reffering too, right?
    In case i'll buy that, i could expect a "connect the ssd - power it - boot from it" card? Just to not throw away other money
     
  10. Akira28.com, Oct 3, 2013
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    I tried to install on the 10.8.5 os and this is what i got:
     

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  11. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    The 640L is a 2x PCI-E SATA III card with 4 internal ports and does not need additional sources of power.

    It boots OS X and Windows and I've not had any issues with it bar needing a firmware update to stop 10.8.5 and 10.9 DP4 and later from KPing when woken from sleep.

    Great little card.
     
  12. Akira28.com thread starter macrumors member

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    My "power it" was referred to the SSD :)
    At this point i think i could go with the 640L. Hoping i can find a guide to flash it correctly
     
  13. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    It is only necessary to flash it IF you have issues.

    Newer cards should already have the updated firmware, mine and DanielCoffey cards were from late 2012/early 2013.
     
  14. Akira28.com thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll go with the 4x one (i think it's the raid version?), so i won't have problem of bandwidth when i'll have the 2nd SSD.
    BTW, i still have no idea about SSDs temperature while they are working. Is it a problem mounting them one touching the other? To use a 3.5" HD slot for both instead of the 5.25" bay, that i'll be using for a second psu
     
  15. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Firstly, unless you spend big £££ all the SATA III cards are PCI-E x2. Unless your actually going to use the RAID part of it the Rocket 640L is cheaper.

    The slot might be x4, but the chipset (The marvell 9230/9235 used) are both x2.

    That is a theoretical max of 800MB/sec.

    Temperatures you can ignore as they don't consume much power and hence don't emit much heat. But a small amount of airflow over at least one side of them wouldn't hurt!
     

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