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Hi guys just a quick question:

I've been holding off on my first SSD purchase, waiting for the soon to be released 3rd gen drives. Problem is, I'm not quite at the point where I want\
eed to upgrade my mobo, and it doesn't have SATA3.

Are there any drawbacks or loss of performance when using a PCIE SATA3 card?

Will any card do or are there specific models that are highly recommended?

Thanks in advance!
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Shouldn't be much in the way of bottlenecks as long as it uses a good SATA controller.
 
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Any good quality controller will work fine with the only downside I see is it sucking up a bit of the PCI-E bandwidth (which should be a minimal impact).
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Will\\could there be any issues with booting from an SSD hooked up via PCIE?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AMOCO View Post
That link is for revodrives - I'd prefer a solution that has trim support.
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I found this here:
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i've got one of OCZ's Revodrive x2's in my pro. I'm using it as my Windows boot drive (i did have to put the Windows bootloader and BCD files on a normal hard drive so that the windows installation was visible to the EFI bootloader, but windows IS using the Revo as the boot partition . . .I have to say I was surprised to find the mac pro MB would support booting from PCI-E while in BIOS emulation mode) but there definitely is no support for booting from it under OS X. I am able to access the drive under OS X- I just loaded the RAID 5 sil 3124 driver for OS X, since that's the RAID chip on the revo. It caused issues with sleeping, though, so I uninstalled the driver and only use it under windows. Other than the sleep issues, writing and reading from the device under OS X didn't seem to have any issues. I got about the same performance under OS X and windows- about 695 MB per second for writes, 700-ish MB per second for reads.
yes, that is megabytes, not megabits.

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Dude Save yourself some trouble and get an OCZ Revo Drive, its basicly what you will be getting only all in 1 PCI-E Card. Probably works out cheaper and damm lot faster

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...0_902_903_1147

Sorry im a Aussie so prices Prob F'd up

As for trim use garbage collection?
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One drawback would be that the SSD's Latency would increase when going through the PCI-E card
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@Amoco,

I am interested in hooking up a single SATA3 SSD via a SATA3 PCIE card - I have looked at the revodrives and I'm not interested in them because they don't offer trim and are too expensive.
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