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Michael Locke
PCIe SSD enclosure for Thunderbolt 2/3?
on May 23, 2017 at 6:37:33 pm

So I stumped the OWC tech guys asking if I could run a Samsung 960 Pro PCIe SSD

wih their new Helios 3:

which at least they confirmed works with a 2014 MacBook Pro (11,3) on OS 10.12.4 using the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adaptor.

The laymen consensus is the 960 is not suitable for an internal (bootable) drive for OS(X), but any reason it can't be formatted as storage? Even slowed down to T2 speeds on a PCIe 2.0 machine, it should be crazy fast, and wide open when I move to a T3 machine. Any help much appreciated...

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Rainer Wirth
Re: PCIe SSD enclosure for Thunderbolt 2/3?
on Jun 7, 2017 at 10:56:06 am

Hi Michael,

the card you want to use works with a samsung controler software.
The box with the PCIx has a compatibility list of certain PCIx cards.
If you read the specs of the T-box carefully it says:
PCIe card must operate with no driver or have a Thunderbolt-aware driver
Please see the OWC PCIe Thunderbolt card compatibility chart for more information

I think this answers your question.
Perhaps the Samsung drive is supported in the future, or you could try another T-box.



Rainer Wirth
Mac pro 8core
several raid systems

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