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PCI-X 133 SATA card, worth it?
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zro
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Aug 15, 2008, 10:41 AM
 
I've been running into some random hard disk issues (for quite some time) and it seems to me the culprit is SATA bus B. I've tried a few drives in and out and swapped from A to B. Then again, maybe it isn't the bus. Everything has been running smoothly the last couple of days without the need to force unmount.

However I would still like to know if anyone has experience using a 3rd party SATA II card for their boot drive or for a backup repository. This would be going into a PowerMac G5 DP, so right now it runs SATA I. Any noticeable performance hits, boosts, or caveats? Do you get SATA II speed?

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Aug 15, 2008, 01:41 PM
 
"SATA II" is not a speed; it was a committee. "SATA I" isn't anything.

I doubt there will be any differences except for 1) actually working and 2) you may not be able to boot off the PCI-X card.
     
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Aug 15, 2008, 03:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by mduell View Post
"SATA II" is not a speed; it was a committee. "SATA I" isn't anything.
Oh brother. Get with the times already.

Anyone with actual experience?
     
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Aug 15, 2008, 04:26 PM
 
You can find reports on a number of SATA PCI-X cards on http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/ - most of them work without issue except for the booting aspect. (IIRC, one of the name brand cards actually supports booting, but it's very expensive.)

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Aug 15, 2008, 10:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by zro View Post
Oh brother. Get with the times already.
I'm there. "SATA II" doesn't tell me what you're looking for: 3.0 Gb/s? NCQ? Staggered spinup? One of the other features defined by SATA II?
     
   
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