On Tue, Dec 04, 2012 at 11:07:17AM +0100, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 at 06:28:17PM -0500, Peter Tripp wrote:
> > HI Eugen,
> > 
> > Whether it's compatible entirely depends on the chipset of the SATA 
> > controller.
> This is what I was trying to find out. I guess I just have to 
> test it empirically.
> > Basically that card is just a dual port 6gbps PCIe SATA controller with the 
> > space to mount one ($149) or two ($299) 2.5inch disks.  Sonnet, a mac 
> > focused company, offers it as a way to better utilize existing Mac Pros 
> > already in the field without an external box.  Mac Pros only have 3gbps 
> > SATA2 and a 4x3.5inch drive backplane, but nearly all have a free 
> > full-length PCIe slot.  This product only makes sense if you're trying to 
> > run OpenIndiana on a Mac Pro, which in my experience is more trouble than 
> > it's worth, but to each their own I guess. 
> My application is to stick 2x SSDs into a SunFire X2100 M2,
> without resorting to splicing into power cables and mounting
> SSD in random location with double-side sticky tape. Depending
> on hardware support I'll either run OpenIndiana or Linux
> with a zfs hybrid pool (2x SATA drives as mirrored pool).
> > If you can confirm the chipset you might get lucky and have it be a 
> > supported chip.  The big chip is labelled PLX, but I can't read the 
> > markings and wasn't aware PLX made any PCIe SATA controllers (PCIe and 
> > USB/SATA bridges sure, but not straight controllers) so that may not even 
> > be the chip we care about. 
> > http://www.profil-marketing.com/uploads/tx_lipresscenter/Sonnet_Tempo_SSD_Pro_01.jpg
> Eiter way I'll know the hardware support situation soon
> enough. 

I see a Marvell 88SE9182 on that Sonnet.
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