MP 1,1-5,1 Will the Rivo M2 PCIE X4 adapter work with my Mac Pro 4,1 flashed to 5,1?

iluvmacs99

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I am planning to add a 250Gb Samsung 790 EVO or HP 920EX into my Mac Pro so I can use it as a cache and read drive for my video work. I already have an SSD raid 0 boot drive as well as a HD raid 0 boot drive and a normal storage drive underneath the DVD drive bay, so only looking for a plain NVME drive for reading and caching. That's why I am considering this card and a low cost 250Gb NVMe drive. Anyone know that this card will be ok? Or any dumb PCIE card? The recommended Lycom DT-120 is too expensive where I live, but is it necessary to get the Lycom?

https://www.amazon.ca/Rivo-PCI-Adapter-Card-Supports/dp/B01N09W21D

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I am planning to add a 250Gb Samsung 790 EVO or HP 920EX into my Mac Pro so I can use it as a cache and read drive for my video work. I already have an SSD raid 0 boot drive as well as a HD raid 0 boot drive and a normal storage drive underneath the DVD drive bay, so only looking for a plain NVME drive for reading and caching. That's why I am considering this card and a low cost 250Gb NVMe drive. Anyone know that this card will be ok? Or any dumb PCIE card? The recommended Lycom DT-120 is too expensive where I live, but is it necessary to get the Lycom?

https://www.amazon.ca/Rivo-PCI-Adapter-Card-Supports/dp/B01N09W21D

Thanks!
You will need a heatsink If you get the Lycom or Rivo cards. I would recommend the RIITOP card.

https://www.amazon.ca/RIITOP-NVMe-PCI-Adapter-Converter/dp/B07RNKBXML/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=RIITOP&qid=1562275221&s=electronics&sr=1-1

To save on buying a heatsink for the drive too..

Also if you really wanna go on the cheap a 256GB NVMe drive this has good reviews working on a Mac Pro 5,1.

https://www.amazon.ca/Sabrent-Rocket-Internal-Performance-SB-ROCKET-256/dp/B07KGLN3HN/ref=pd_sbs_147_3/147-4521633-3017546?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07KGLN3HN&pd_rd_r=3688189e-9ea2-11e9-9007-3f0ac2c636da&pd_rd_w=2z6DN&pd_rd_wg=6RgfJ&pf_rd_p=5dcda75b-8643-4da3-9bb1-5c0233790500&pf_rd_r=65Y0F565JMQSZ5QARRFM&psc=1&refRID=65Y0F565JMQSZ5QARRFM

It's a lot cheaper in CANADA then the Samsung $94.99 vs. $59.99. The Sabrent is Toshiba inside. So you can save up or even go up to the 512 for $71.39:

https://www.amazon.ca/Sabrent-SB-ROCKET-512-Rocket-Internal-Performance/dp/B07KGMBCKD/ref=pd_sbs_147_1/147-4521633-3017546?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07KGMBCKD&pd_rd_r=2f871371-9ea3-11e9-b10f-93fd49535c03&pd_rd_w=Pfa4A&pd_rd_wg=havPL&pf_rd_p=5dcda75b-8643-4da3-9bb1-5c0233790500&pf_rd_r=TF028AC9R5BKREDB81RP&psc=1&refRID=TF028AC9R5BKREDB81RP
 
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The reviews on this Blade, (all MS windows BTW) refer to the lack of Cloning ability.
Does this issue apply to Mac users and CCC also?
The problem is that if you use a clone tool that works at sector level, cloning won't work from a 512bytes/sector to a 4096bytes/sector. Tools that work at file level, rsync/ditto/etc, work correctly.

I'm not sure, but I think that CCC works at file level.
 
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The problem is that if you use a clone tool that works at sector level, cloning won't work from a 512bytes/sector for a 4096bytes/sector. Tools that work at file level, rsync/ditto/etc, work correctly.

I'm not sure, but I think that CCC works at file level.
Whenever I run Carbon Copy Cloner I see two instances of rsync in the Activity Monitor, so I think that confirms your last statement, tsialex.
 
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YZFNYC

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Thank you for the reply. This is very helpful to me. I like the price of the Sabrent 256Gb and the RIITOP card looks very interesting indeed!
I currently have it working great with macOS Catalina Beta and worked with Mojave too... If you want to use it for your OS drive it made booting on my old Mac Pro 4,1 way way faster then OWC PCIe SSD drive. Also as for cloning. @tsialex is correct this uses a 4096bytes/sector not 512bytes/sector but there is a tool on Sabrent website to change it if you like. Only issue is that it has to be done in Windows so hopefully you have a windows partition.

https://www.sabrent.com/download/sb-rocket-256/

Since I always do clean formats and transfer needed files and software independently It's not an issue for me and probably wouldn't be one for you but since it was brought up, I figured I should address it.
 

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I currently have it working great with macOS Catalina Beta and worked with Mojave too... If you want to use it for your OS drive it made booting on my old Mac Pro 4,1 way way faster then OWC PCIe SSD drive. Also as for cloning. @tsialex is correct this uses a 4096bytes/sector not 512bytes/sector but there is a tool on Sabrent website to change it if you like. Only issue is that it has to be done in Windows so hopefully you have a windows partition.

https://www.sabrent.com/download/sb-rocket-256/

Since I always do clean formats and transfer needed files and software independently It's not an issue for me and probably wouldn't be one for you but since it was brought up, I figured I should address it.
Seems this blade is the only solution for Sierra holdouts that don't cost an arm and a leg. If anyone test it I'll add it to the blade thread as a Sierra cost-conscious solution for anyone needing a NVMe blade that still works with 10.12.6.