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SATA 3 Crucial M500 960GB speeds are very close to those on a 2012 mini with its native SATA3 bus.
Cons: Almost none. If running two SSDs in RAID 0 one could ask for a little more bandwidth but that would not stop me from using the Vel-Duo with RAID 0.
Other Thoughts: The users at the MacRumors Mac Pro forum have been writing about the Vel-Duo for some time. I finally took the plunge and am very impressed with the hardware and its performance. It is the perfect addition to a 2010-2012 Mac Pro Tower. I already had two Crucial M500 SSDs so the Vel-Duo is an extremely cost-effective way of get faster boot disk speeds while freeing up the Mac Pro's SATA 2 ports for other hard drives.
Reviewed By:Jack,1/25/2015 3:10:18 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Low cost, appears well-made. Reasonably small, very little difficulty plugging things in.
Cons: I bought this adapter to use in one of two different "legacy" P3 550Mhz machines. In the older of the two machines, it didn't work at all. Nothing. In the slightly newer one, at least it did do SOMETHING! Sometimes Windows XP will boot, sometimes it won't. Sometimes it will just lock up while running, and/or randomly bring up a BSOD. Both machines work perfectly with a standard spinning drive, so it's not the machines. The SSD tests perfectly in another machine. The only conclusion I can draw is that there is something in this interface that these old machines just don't like. (Maybe it's too fast?) BIOS settings didn't seem to make much difference, either. MAYBE it will work in a newer P4 machine, so I don't plan to return it.
Other Thoughts: Used with a Corsair "Force LS" 60GB SSD, that I was hoping to install into a 24/7 running system to save power and for reliable longevity.
Pros: Inexpensive and works well for pulling data off a MSATA drive that was built into a damaged laptop
Cons: The retention clip doesn't seat the drive the best. If you plan on doing on mounting this in a case I would look into another product that uses a screw down mount similar to what you would find in a laptop. The clip will hold the drive well enough if you are just using this for external data transfer, but I would be worried about it eventually popping free.
Reviewed By:kal326,1/8/2015 10:46:08 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: I bought two of them and so far I have just used one. This allows me to use my older IDE DVD drives instead of junking them and it works. Plugged every thing in and drive showed up with a newer motherboard.
Cons: With the current price of DVD drives the price for the adapter could be lower.
Reviewed By:N/A,1/5/2015 10:20:24 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Although the adapter failed, it did appear to recognize the drive...
Cons: As noted in other reviews, there was a catastrophic failure of one of the components (looks like a capacitor C8 on the board). As noted in one of the other reviews, you should check the compatibility with the drive you are using, as noted in the "features" for this product.
Cons: Adaptor doesn't work, tried 3 different HDDs, with jumpers on cable select, master, and no jumper, makes no difference, no workie. Both power connectors installed and tried switching cables as well. Doesn't show up after searching for new hardware, and the HDDs are spinning and getting power they just dont show up