StorageReview Test Lab: Apple Mac Mini Discussion
Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:09 AM
StorageReview Test Lab: Apple Mac Mini
Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:33 AM
Dear MacMini-Drive -extenders,
we have put SSDs as second drives to the MacMini 2012, which runs at 6Gbit.
Therefore we had to retrieve the cables; internal cables, not a long test-cable as in the article.
We tried cables from iFixit, nonane china and (untested yet) OWC.
The 6Mbit seems a real problem for the cables!
Data-flow gets stalled often (time-outs for up to 20sec) when the chinese cables are in use at 6Gbit; and once this also happens with the iFixit-cable, which looks similar.
3Gbit seems to work fine.
We will now test the OWC-cable and I will post the results.
The OWC-cable we have has a completely different look, color and it seems to have more vias for the ground, which might (hopefully) help at high frequency!
Because we can only now warn - 6Gbit is not an easy task for 3rd party replacement cables!
Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:16 AM
as promised I verified the usage of 6Gbit/sec drives on the OWC-replacement SATA-cable and it FAILED!
As a result I can finally say that if you need to put a 6Gbit-drive into a mac mini you ought to connect it to the original Apple-cable and only put a 3Gbit-drive onto the replacement-cables that I tested!
No other way.
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