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Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 30, 2017 03:29PM
Are they all 2.5" format? I am rebuilding a MacPro 1.1 soon (pRON's old machine, and Decay's bare case. Long story) Anyway, I want a SSD as the boot drive, and 3 Big AZZ drives in the other bays, and some externals.

I have found a decent USB 3 card for it, so I'm good there. Will update the machine ID to a 2.1, then put in 2 quad 3.0 processors and a better video card, and call it a day. Probably run 10.11.

Anyway, SSD drive recs?
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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 30, 2017 03:38PM
AFAIK, yes.

OWC seem to be highly regarded. Amiga even spec'd them for their latest box. Samsung Pro also very good.
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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 30, 2017 03:47PM
I was leaning to either OWC or Samsung anyway.
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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: Gareth
Date: August 30, 2017 03:54PM
For practical purposes, they are all 2.5" for your machine. There are also "blade" style (mSATA, M.2), PCIe cards, and there were some 3.5" if you look hard enough (but those seemed to be specialty drives with ridiculous price tags and not marketed to consumers).
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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 30, 2017 04:05PM
Gotcha
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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 30, 2017 04:11PM
The Samsung 850 Evo that had an expired Fry's ad posted earlier today would have been a good option. SSD prices were driven up because people finally realized how good they were. There are about four factories in various stages of construction to ramp up production. Prices just recently started trending back down to where they were. Buy now if you need it, otherwise wait for a couple of months.





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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: bik
Date: August 30, 2017 04:37PM
I'm using one of these in a Mac Pro 3.1.
Allows SATA III speeds instead of SATA 2 (as you would have in the stock bays), and the SSD uses every bit of the bandwidth.

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Edit:
Wait. Ignore me.
If you are interested in this, do some research. The PCIE 1 slots in a MP 1,1 may drastically limit the speed, or it might not work at all. Sorry for jumping the gun on that.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2017 07:04PM by bik.
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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 30, 2017 04:53PM
....believe it should be 'ig'nant'........



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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 30, 2017 07:10PM
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bik
I'm using one of these in a Mac Pro 2.1.
Allows SATA III speeds instead of SATA 2 (as you would have in the stock bays), and the SSD uses every bit of the bandwidth.

[www.amazon.com]

Nothing wrong with that but I'd probably opt for the version our sponsor sells (actually, I DID). If you're not in a hurry, wait for it to show up in the garage sale.

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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: August 30, 2017 07:45PM
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AllGold
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bik
I'm using one of these in a Mac Pro 2.1.
Allows SATA III speeds instead of SATA 2 (as you would have in the stock bays), and the SSD uses every bit of the bandwidth.

[www.amazon.com]

Nothing wrong with that but I'd probably opt for the version our sponsor sells (actually, I DID). If you're not in a hurry, wait for it to show up in the garage sale.

[eshop.macsales.com]

The only reason to use this in a MacPro1,1 is so you can use all 4 internal drive bays for mass storage. An SSD installed in one of those drive bays will be a little faster than hooked to the OWC card. This is die to the PCIE 1.0 speed limitations which bic alluded to in his post.

MacPro 1,1 and 2,1s are limited for top SSD speed in this way. Even so, you will realize the vast majority of the increase in speed of an SSD over a spinny HD with the MacPro1,1's SATA-II slots so by all means get an SSD in there. I have one in my MacPro1,1 and it's fab.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2017 07:47PM by Lew Zealand.
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Re: Very ignorant SSD question.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 30, 2017 07:55PM
I'll get it going with a WD Black 7200 that I have right now. Will look for a BF deal, or maybe an OWC garage deal.
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