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EstaNightshift May 2, 2013 07:33 PM
Mac Pro product review ideas?
Hey gang. I've got a 2010 and 2006 Mac Pro that I use for reviews here at MacNN. Are there any funky cards or accessories for the slab'o metal you want me to try and get for review?

Video cards are difficult to get, but I'll entertain any ideas.
 
reader50 May 2, 2013 11:08 PM
Dang. From the title, I thought this was to make up a list. Tests for the new retina MacPro6,1 just as soon as it arrives.

I do have an idea, but it would require some software hacking. To see if you could trick a current Mac Pro with a good GPU into running the retina routines on a 30" display. To force internal 2x rendering, then scale to physical display res. This would give us a jump on Apple's release schedule.

If you could pull it off, it would be interesting to a lot of current owners. Whether to go with a GPU upgrade instead of a new Mac Pro. Actually, such an article would be quite a scoop. We'd be linked to from Ars, Anandtech, Toms, and a host of others.
 
EstaNightshift May 3, 2013 12:38 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by reader50 (Post 4228902)
I do have an idea, but it would require some software hacking. To see if you could trick a current Mac Pro with a good GPU into running the retina routines on a 30" display. To force internal 2x rendering, then scale to physical display res. This would give us a jump on Apple's release schedule.

If you could pull it off, it would be interesting to a lot of current owners. Whether to go with a GPU upgrade instead of a new Mac Pro. Actually, such an article would be quite a scoop. We'd be linked to from Ars, Anandtech, Toms, and a host of others.
Hm. I don't personally have the chops for this, but I do have the hardware. Let me see what I can get figured out.
 
EstaNightshift May 7, 2013 05:38 PM
 
nisse32 May 8, 2013 02:33 AM
The big disadvantage with the current MacPros is slow disk access due to slow SATA-connections. You canĀ“t utilize the full speed of SSDs if you connect to SATA.

You can solve this by using PCI. I know of two products: Mercury Accelsior_E2 and Apricorn Velocity Solo x2. There are others. It would be very interesting to see a review of these products to implement a Fusion Drive (for example combined with at WD 2 TB Black hd). Can this work as a meaningful upgrade for us "forgotten" MacPro users?
 
Waragainstsleep May 9, 2013 04:48 AM
OWC do a bootable PCIe SSD now.
 
EstaNightshift May 9, 2013 03:22 PM
We've also reviewed a SATA-3 PCI-E card with two internal and two external ports. I'll start looking at it.
 
EstaNightshift May 19, 2013 11:10 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by EstaNightshift (Post 4229576)
Done, and posted.

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Locutus27 May 24, 2013 09:29 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by EstaNightshift (Post 4228888)
Hey gang. I've got a 2010 and 2006 Mac Pro that I use for reviews here at MacNN. Are there any funky cards or accessories for the slab'o metal you want me to try and get for review?

Video cards are difficult to get, but I'll entertain any ideas.
PCIe SATA 6GB Tempo SSD Pro review would be nice! :)
 
EstaNightshift May 26, 2013 07:19 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Locutus27 (Post 4232195)
PCIe SATA 6GB Tempo SSD Pro review would be nice! :)
Okay, I'll go request one now.
 
angelmb May 28, 2013 10:14 AM
The Intensity Pro PCIe card from Blackmagic Design. Should be interesting to see how it can handle HD video from popular gaming devices.

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/medi...ensitypro1.jpg
 
EstaNightshift May 28, 2013 02:54 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by angelmb (Post 4232443)
The Intensity Pro PCIe card from Blackmagic Design. Should be interesting to see how it can handle HD video from popular gaming devices.

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/medi...ensitypro1.jpg
I've used the predecessor to this card ages ago. I'll request one now!

We did a USB 2.0 breakout box a while ago that was tailored for gaming. Not bad, but it wasn't 1080p. The new model does the higher resolution.

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angelmb May 29, 2013 03:26 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by EstaNightshift (Post 4232484)
I've used the predecessor to this card ages ago. I'll request one now!
Thank You Sir !!

It will be of most interest to know whether the Mac Pro 1,1 can use the HDMI ports on it. I've read somewhere they can't be used with a 1,1 which is a pity.
 
EstaNightshift May 29, 2013 12:25 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by angelmb (Post 4232534)
Thank You Sir !!

It will be of most interest to know whether the Mac Pro 1,1 can use the HDMI ports on it. I've read somewhere they can't be used with a 1,1 which is a pity.
We'll find out. One of our testers is a 1,1.
 
angelmb Jul 3, 2013 02:27 AM
Any news on the Intensity Pro PCIe card review.?
 
P Jul 10, 2013 05:15 AM
One idea: Get a USB 3.0 card and check if UAS works - or, in other words, a benchmark of various USB 3.0 drives on that card.

(UAS = USB Attached SCSI - an optional part of USB 3.0 that improves performance of storage devices over USB 3.0 by a lot. Supported in Mountain Lion and on many - but not all - modern external storage devices. It would be interesting to see how general that support is.)
 
EstaNightshift Jul 10, 2013 12:23 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by P (Post 4237974)
One idea: Get a USB 3.0 card and check if UAS works - or, in other words, a benchmark of various USB 3.0 drives on that card.

(UAS = USB Attached SCSI - an optional part of USB 3.0 that improves performance of storage devices over USB 3.0 by a lot. Supported in Mountain Lion and on many - but not all - modern external storage devices. It would be interesting to see how general that support is.)
While technically, UAS works on the Highpoint card we reviewed, it didn't show any significant gains on our tests over the other card we used to compare it to, but I only had a small handful of enclosures to test it on. I'll look further into it.

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Any news on the Intensity Pro PCIe card review.?
Requested, but not received yet.
 
ionamartin123 Jul 26, 2013 05:46 AM
It is an slow disk process.The card is very strong.
 
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