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Michiel de Leeuw van Weenen
USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 17, 2013 at 8:03:46 pm

Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI-E Gen 2 x4 RAID HBA for Mac Systems

http://www.hptmac.com/product.php?_index=77

The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac delivers class-leading 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth, and is optimized for external SSD and hard drive configurations. Each of the 4 dedicated USB 3.0 ports supports true 5Gb/s transfer speeds.
The Rocket Quad USB 3.0 for Mac will recognize pre-configured external hard disks and SSD's, and its intuitive web-based Management interface allows you to quickly and easily configure RAID 0, 1 and JBOD arrays.

- 4 USB 3.0 5Gb/s type-A ports
- Supports up to 4 external USB HDD/SSD
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1
- Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug
- One-Year limited Warranty

Interesting?!


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Bob Zelin
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 19, 2013 at 12:28:02 am

they need to contact Blackmagic to see if it works with the Blackmagic USB 3 products that they have. But will they do this - NOOOOOOOOOOOO..... (and if they do, boy will I be the first one to say that I am wrong).

I dont' care about USB3 drives on a Mac Pro - what I do care about is compatibility with the tons of USB 3 hardware that Blackmagic has.

Bob Zelin



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Shane Ross
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:56:33 am

Issue is that the BMD USB3 products work with very few Mac NLEs:

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudiosdi/software/

Adobe Premiere Pro on Mac is shown...but Avid on PC is indicated...not Avid on Mac. FCX? Lots of Macs now have USB 3 ports (MacBook Pros, iMacs), but I guess since they also have Thunderbolt, that is the choice to go with.

Shane
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Lance Bachelder
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:25:57 pm

I just picked up the new Drobo 5D case which has both Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports. Easy way to add fast storage to Mac Pro with this card... hey and the Drobo 5D actually ships beefy Thunderbolt and USB 3 cables in the box!

Lance Bachelder
Writer, Editor, Director
Irvine, California



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Steve Connor
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:26:53 pm

What speeds are you getting with it?

Steve Connor
'It's just my opinion, with an occasional fact thrown in for good measure"


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Lance Bachelder
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 19, 2013 at 6:00:19 pm

well over 200 MB sec. writes, 300MB sec. reads - but it also has mSATA port - Crucial 64GB is on order which should, in theory, increase performance and turn it into a giant "fusion" drive. 15TB via 5 3TB drives gives 11 TB useable with huge, proprietary protection - different than Raid 5 or 6.

Lance Bachelder
Writer, Editor, Director
Irvine, California



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Andrew Kimery
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 20, 2013 at 3:31:27 am

Is this your first Drobo Lance? It seems like people either love them or hate them.




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Lance Bachelder
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 20, 2013 at 8:02:41 am

Yeah my first and wouldn't buy one based one reviews of older models. 5D is brand new model - install was a breeze, Drobo software is very clean super easy to use - set-up was automatic and took just a few minutes to format and configure 5 3TB drives. I like their safety features better than usual Raid 5 or 6 plus you can even install various sized drives if you have a bunch laying around.

I'll get my 64GB Crucial mSATA drive (the Drobo recommended size/model) later this week and will see if there are any performance increases. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Lance Bachelder
Writer, Editor, Director
Irvine, California



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Andrew Kimery
Re: USB 3 for MacPro (Industry's First 4-Port USB 3.0 for Mac Systems)
on Feb 21, 2013 at 6:11:05 am

I've been enticed by Drobo but always read enough negative reviews not to take the plunge. Maybe the new units will change my mind.




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