What are the options for 10GbE on Mac Pros?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by pastrychef, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. PowerMac84 macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2016
    SmallTree drivers together with hacked Intel x520 or x540 cards (Dell or original Intel) are working fine with High Sierra. By the way AMD 570/580 are also natively supported by High Sierra. Feels like a better Mac now. Everything just working after upgrading to High Sierra. Less hacking.
  2. fivesunnydays macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2017
    Does anyone know of a 10GBE base-t (RJ45) rather then fibre card by solar flare i can try in an old mac pro? I dont fancy hacking an intel card quite just yet!
  3. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    If you don’t want to hack an Intel card you could just buy a SmallTree card from them directly. It’s essentialy an Intel card with official Mac support.
  4. fivesunnydays macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2017
    Im looking for a SolarFlare second hand as do not want to pay outrageous amounts
  5. Squuiid, Nov 21, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2017

    Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    I'd still say that hacking an Intel then is your best bet. SolarFlare don't seem to cater to Mac any longer.
    From the rather dated, but unfortunately latest, SolarFlare macOS driver:

    Solarflare 3.3 Mac OS X driver package - 21 November 2013
    Package Version: v3.3.4.6349


    This is the Solarflare 3.3 Mac OS X driver installation package for
    Solarflare Server Adapters.

    Supported hardware platforms

    The drivers, utilities and applications contained in this package
    support the following adapters:

    - Solarflare Onload server adapters:
    - Solarstorm SFN4112F SFP+ Server Adapter
    - Solarstorm SFN5111T 10GBASE-T Server Adapter
    - Solarstorm SFN5112F SFP+ Server Adapter
    - Solarstorm SFN5121T 10GBASE-T Server Adapter
    - Solarstorm SFN5122F SFP+ Server Adapter
    - Solarflare SFN5322F SFP+ Precision Time Synchronization Server
    - Solarflare SFN6122F SFP+ Server Adapter
    - Solarflare SFN6322F SFP+ Precision Time Synchronization Server

    - Solarflare Performant server adapters:
    - Solarstorm SFN5151T 10GBASE-T Server Adapter
    - Solarstorm SFN5152F SFP+ Server Adapter
    - Solarstorm SFN5161T 10GBASE-T Server Adapter
    - Solarstorm SFN5162F SFP+ Server Adapter
  6. Kris Kelvin macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2005
    Another option is to go for a NIC from Chelsio. They are high quality, there's usually a few affordable ones on eBay and Chelsio provides fairly mature macOS drivers (including for High Sierra). Supported cards in the most recent driver (1.16.45b1 from October 2017):

    T6 Adapters

    - T6225-CR
    - T6225-LL-CR
    - T6225-SO-CR

    T5 Adapters

    - T580-CR
    - T580-SO-CR
    - T580-LP-CR
    - T520-LL-CR
    - T520-SO-CR
    - T520-CR
    - T520-BT
    - T540-CR

    T4 Adapters

    - T420-CR
    - T440-CR
    - T404-BT
    - T422-CR
    - T420-SO-CR
    - T420-LL-CR
    - T440-LP-CR
    - T420-CX

    T3 Adapters

    - N310E
    - N310E-CXA
    - N320E-GEN2
    - S310E-SR
    - S310E-SR+
    - S310E-CXA
    - S310E-CR
    - N320E-CXA*
    - S320E-CR*
    - S320E-LP-CR*
    - S302E*
    - S320E-CXA*

    *Only port 0 (first port) supported.
  7. William Payne macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2017
    Wanganui, New Zealand.
    Doesn't Sonnet Tech make these cards for the Mac Pro?
  8. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
  9. connorpb7 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2012
    There are plenty of the solarflare cards on ebay (sfp+) for $55 or less. I have one in an Akitio Thunder2 PCIe Box and it works very well with the solarflare drivers. I'd imagine as others have said that their 10GBASE-T cards work great too.
  10. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I haven't tested any of the RJ45 10GbE cards because I'm not sure if my NAS has built-in driver support for them. Plus, the SolarFlare card has been working great since day one and I don't have any need to replace it. As a matter of fact, I got another one and installed it in to a second hackintosh.

    The drivers are old but they continue to work fine in High Sierra. I don't imaging that NIC drivers need much updating.
  11. slynn1324 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2018
    Could you tell me what you are using for a dac / sfp+ transceivers with your solarflare card? I picked up the same one on eBay and some transceivers from fs.com and can’t seem to get a link on the card - not in the network settings or the light on the card. The switch end of the cable shows a link. I tried the card in a Linux server to the same results. Both Mac OS and Linux find the card and the diagnostic utilities work - but just shows cable unplugged - making me think the card is not liking the transceivers I have. Any guidance is much appreciated. Thanks!
  12. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY

    I just picked up some pre-made Cisco SFP+ twinax cables from eBay for cheap...

  13. Solarex macrumors newbie

    Thanks for sharing your information! I arrived to this thread when I was Googling for a 10Gb solution to direct-connect my Mac/Hackintosh to a FreeNAS I'm building. Do you need a special crossover cable to directly connect two computers without a switch (similar to RJ45 crossover cable)?
  14. pastrychef thread starter macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    No, I just used a standard twinax cable. Something like:
  15. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula

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