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SATA III and USB 3.0 in a Mac Pro

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With the new Mac Pro looming on the horizon, I wondered if this might be of interest to some of you folks.

 

Looking at the new leaked bench marks vs the old Mac Pro towers, it looks like you should be able to get similar performance from your old machines with a few upgrades. Installing a new proc and one of those Mac Vid Cards seems to be viable. ( http://www.barefeats.com/mp12c346.html ) Then the only thing you're missing is thunderbolt, usb 3.0, and sata III, and an SSD. However you still have your PCIe slots for a playback card, fibre card, or any other piece of kit you might need to make your machine work in its current environment.

 

With that I mind I went digging around and found this: http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1397&currentPage=0

 

Mine came in a few weeks ago, I installed it along with a samsung 840 pro SSD, and it works as advertised. I did have to reinstall Mavericks but it was easy enough to restore from a time machine backup and I had minimal down time. While I'm not coming close to the max read/write that the drive is capable of, I'm getting faster than SATA II speeds. Boot up is faster, apps load faster (PS loads up in seconds), and everything feels snappier overall.

 

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It seems that SYBA is working on a USB 3.0 driver for Mavericks, but they have one for 10.7 and 10.8 already out. Since Im on Mavericks I can't speak to that yet, but hopefully soon.

 

Also, on the logistics end, I installed the drive in the spare spot in the optical bay. Here are some links to extra stuff I needed to make that work.

http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/multimount/

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001Y7UAI/ref=pe_385040_30332190_TE_M3T1_ST1_dp_1 (Make sure to get the 36" cable, you'll need it to run the distance from the card, up to the optical bay)

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-SATAPOWEXT8-8-Inch-Power-Extension/dp/B007BPOC7O/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386011098&sr=1-2&keywords=sata+power+extender (file off one of the side brackets so you can tie into the spare power port in the optical bay)

 

So USB 3.0 and SATA III while using up 1 4x PCIe slot, leaving you 2 others to do whatever you want with. I haven't had much luck finding a Thunderbolt PCIe card, but 3 out of 4 aint bad.

 

If anyone is interested I can take a few pictures of the inside of the machine to show how all the cables are run.

 

 

**UPDATE** I found a brilliant gentleman who wrote his own USB 3 driver for the etron chipset that works under Mavericks. Just installed it with the kext utility and everything is working just fine. What a world.

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/286860-genericusbxhci-usb-30-driver-for-os-x-with-source/

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