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SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Drive Works Fine in Mac Pro 05/10/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5" 500GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD500KW

Pros: Fast, compatible, and reliable drive. Works fine in a Mac Pro 2,1. Great value for the money.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have several of these drives and they work great in Windows and Mac systems. I used an Icy Doc 2.5" to 3.5" MB882SP-1S-2B adapter to mount the drive in a standard drive holder for the Mac Pro 2,1 and it went right in. I cloned the std. hard disk with Carbon Copy Cloner then pulled out the std. hard disk and replaced it with this SSD. The Mac started up after an initial delay (typical after cloning) and now boots from cold within 15 seconds. As expected the OS feels much, much, faster as a result of using this large capacity SSD.

ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B 2.5
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Pros: Tool-less design with a clever locking mechanism. light, decently ventilated. Compatibly with any 3.5 inch drive mount or chassis.

Cons: None that I can tell

Other Thoughts: I purchased this along with a Samsung 840 SSD. It worked perfectly in a Mac Pro 2,1 after cloning the physical disk with Carbon Copy Cloner. I had no problems with the physical mount or interface. Just make sure you fully seat the drive when pushing it in. It's so light, one might assume it's fully inserted when it's not quite there.

StarTech 4 Port USB 3.0 PCI Express PCIe Controller Card - 2 Ext 2 Int w/ SATA Power Model PEXUSB3S2E2I
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Pros: Worked well and without external power in a SuperMicro MBD-X8DA3. Speed was good, manual (if you could call it that), was as informative as needed. Uses SATA add-on power rather than molex and includes a 20-pin internal connector. The quality of the board appears to be high.

Cons: Would not work properly in a EVGA SR-2. Was very particular about what speed slot I used it in (x8 versus x16) and was not very happy with a 2.0 slot. The price, is much too high for the level of issues. The included VIA chipset drivers are somewhat dated and intrusive.

Other Thoughts: When using direct add-on power (not needed in the SuperMicro board), it would produce intermittent lock-ups and would also cause intermittent blue screens at shutdown. When unpowered, it wasn't recognized by the SR-2 in any slot. When adding additional power directly to the EVGA SR-2 PCI bus, the card would again cause intermittent lockups and errors. Replaced it with a Vantec UGT-PC345 and a Koutech IO-PEU232 and both of those cards worked fine in the EVGA SR-2 when used with additional PCI bus power.

I purchased two of these to make sure on card was not flaky and was able to reproduce the problems consistently. I would have preferred to use these cards but the intermittent compatibility problems is the last thing one wants on a high-end workstation build.


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Display Name: John L.

Date Joined: 01/06/05

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 03/02/13
  • Last Review: 05/10/13
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