Mac Pro SSD Upgrades


Tower Mac Pro PCIe SSD Cards

For legacy Mac Pro tower owners, there are affordable PCIe SSD cards available to add one or two laptop size SSD's to a Mac Pro's full-size PCIe slot. Apricorn offers two SSD PCIe cards that can be used with any off-the-shelf 2.5" SATA III SSD drive of your choice. As featured elsewhere on this site, some of our top recommendations for SSD drives include the dirt cheap Crucial SSD, or higher performing Samsung Evo Series, Sandisk Extreme Family, or premium OCZ Series drives.


           
Apricorn Mac PCI SSD CardSonnet Mac PCI SSD CardOWC Mac PCI SSD Card
Velocity Solo PCI Card

Apricorn Solo X1
Sonnet Tempo PCI Card

Single Or Dual Drives
Dual SSD Modules

RAID Drive Support

Above, note the Apricorn PCIe SSD Card will function in all Mac Pro tower models, but is only bootable in EFI64 firmware supported machines. These last 2 models from 2009 and 2010, also show a system ID as as MacPro 4,1 and MacPro 5,1. This can be verified by doing an About This Mac from the Apple Menu, and then getting More Info. The first two Mac Pro models from 2006 and 2007 have an ID as MacPro 1,1 and MacPro 2,1. They are EFI32 firmware, so the Velocity Solo is NOT bootable, but can function as additional high performance storage. The 2008 Mac Pro 3,1 revision has EFI64 firmware, but sadly does not boot reliably and so booting isn't supported by Apricorn.

Cylinder Mac Pro PCIe SSD Modules


Apple 1TB PCIe Solid-State Card

For Select Pro / iMac / MacBook Models


With it's latest cylindrical models of Mac Pro desktop computers, Apple has switched from the 6GBps SATA III SSD interface to a CUSTOM M.2 pinout mini PCIe SSD module effectively DOUBLING data transfer rates for phenominal Read/Write performance. This is allowing much faster Read/Write speeds over 1200 MBps that the latest PCI solid-state drive modules are now capable of. They're highly desired by demanding, data-intensive HD video editing environments in particular.

Upgrading the solid-state drive module in a Pro is quite easy. After sliding the unlock and removing the top cover, a single Torx screw is all that holds the SSD blade in place. Format for Mac OSX with a GUID Partition Table and you're ready to install or migrate your system and data.

The base models of Mac Pro Cylinders include a minimum 256GB of PCIe flash-based storage. 512GB and 1TB SSD modules are available on higher end and BTO (Build-To-Order) system customizations. Depending on the Year/Revision/Model - Apple used either PCI 2.0 2-Channel or PCI 3.0 4-Channel modules.

OWC also provides 3rd-party PCI SSD modules that are compatible with newer Mac Pros. These Apple compatible PCIe SSD upgrade modules are pricey, but available in capacities up to 4TB. OWC also offers external PCIe USB 3.0 drive enclosures to repurpose your original, smaller drive. MCE Technologies also sells PCIe SSD modules for the cylindrical Mac Pro and more recent iMacs and Retina MacBooks.

Exernal Solid-State Storage Options

With it's multitude of USB 3.0 and ThunderBolt 2 ports there's certainly no shortage of opportunities to plug an external USB 3.0 or ThunderBolt SSD or Hard Drive of your choice into a Macintosh Pro to add Terabytes more storage capacity if needed.


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