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Eight-bay Thunderbolt 3 high-performance storage for photo and video.
Hard drives or SSDs.
Non-RAID or RAID-0/1/4/5/10.
Capacities up to 128 Terabytes!
Mac Pro Westmere Internal SATA Bandwidth
Related: bandwidth, Mac Pro, Macs, RAID, RAID scalability, SSD
The 2010 Mac Pro motherboard still has a maximum bandwidth of around 690MB/sec for internal SATA ports, as shown below (I’ve previously tested with up to 4 SSDs in the 2009 model).
Using DiskTester, I tested a RAID-0 stripe of 3 X 200GB OWC Mercury Pro RE solid state drives. That configuration ought to reach speeds of about 840MB/sec for reads, and 780MB/sec writes, if scalability were perfect.
The actual speed figures shown below are not so high, because the Mac Pro SATA ports share a maximum bandwidth limitation.
Since two SSDs are good for about 510MB/sec reads and 470MB/sec writes (as actually measured), the improvement with three of them is not as impressive as one might hope.
Still, there’s no denying that even two SSDs offer a level of performance that outstrips the ability of most programs to use it. Using three SSDs is a smart move for anyone working with programs like PTGui.
Mac or PC.
Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!
Blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD!
Up to 4TB capacity, USB-C compatible.
USB-C model also available
Up to 65% better pricing than Apple
Lloyd recommends 32GB RDIMM modules for most users (more expensive LRDIMMS are for 512GB or more).