Velocity solo x1 (vs) x2 (vs) OWC Accelsior S

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  1. glynster macrumors newbie

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    Does anybody have any experience with these cards? I still have spinning hard disks in my Mac Pro 2010 which feels so ancient now and is bottlenecking my speed. I understand the 2010 MP doesn't have Sata 3 speeds (?) so I wanted to use PCI-e card with an SSD to get the full benefit of the SSD - I intend to run my OS and my apps from the PCI-e SSD drive and use the 4 bays purely for scratch disks and backups.

    Not sure if the solo X1 and X2 essentially the same except for a slight speed boost with the X2 (500mbs instead of 400 respectively) and whether or not my Mac will feel the benefit of that or not. I have also seen the OWC accelsior S which I'm guessing is the equivalent of the Apricorn X2? Is that right? If so, it seems a better deal here in the UK. I know some of these have issues with booting Windows but I prefer to boot windows in VMware fusion anyway as I only need it very occasionally to test web code in Internet Explorer so that doesn't bother me too much. But the last thing I want is a temperamental boot of my main OS.
     
  2. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Please do a search. Lot's of information here on those cards. I have used both the Solo x2 and the Duo x2. Both work very well.

    Lou
     
  3. davvanc macrumors member

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    I have the OWC card with a Plextor 256GB SSD installed in a MP 2009. Works great, reads and writes at just under 500bps (is that 500Bps?) according to the AJA system test.
     
  4. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

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    Any differences, or are they functionally equivalent?
    --- Post Merged, Jan 5, 2016, Original Post Date: Jan 5, 2016 ---
    I'm in the same boat as you. I actually have an Solo X2 with a 500GB SSD right now as my boot drive, and it works great! I was about to buy a second one for a new 1TB SSD that I'm adding when I heard about the OWC model, which appears to do the exact same thing as the Solo X2 but is about $30 cheaper. Thus I'm interested in finding out any differences as well.
     
  5. bogg macrumors 6502

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    Capital B, and probably not Bps but MBps or MB/s :)
     
  6. glynster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, that's my main question I suppose - I dont see any difference between the OWC and the X2 other than the price of a couple of Pizzas - that gets me wondering what the catch is because OWC is not usually bargain basement.
     
  7. bogg macrumors 6502

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    The solo x2 also has a second Sata-port and built in raid so two drives can be raided together and give ~800MB/s speeds. The owc one does not.
     
  8. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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  9. bogg macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, the duo is better as it has room for both SSDs on board itself instead of needing a Sata cable to the second one as in the solo x2
     
  10. glynster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for clarifying that for me - I'm not familiar with using RAID, apart from occasional FCPX and Motion work the majority of taxing work I do is in Creative Suite so having a scratch/data disk that is as fast as my OS/app disk would be a real bonus I'm guessing.
     

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