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Don Walker
USB 3.0 PCIe cards for early 2008 Mac Pro.
on Oct 14, 2013 at 7:56:28 pm

I am curious as to what USB 3.0 cards people are buying for their "legacy Mac Pros". I was set on buying the Sonnet card from B&H, assuming they would be the most Mac savvy vendor around, but some people had issues with bus powered drives and Bluetooth interference. I don't have a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard, so that's not an issue, but I do use bus powered drives about 20% of the time. Thoughts?

don walker
texarkana, texas

John 3:16


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Fabrizio D'Agnano
Re: USB 3.0 PCIe cards for early 2008 Mac Pro.
on Oct 14, 2013 at 8:39:25 pm

I bought a Fresco two ports card about a couple of months ago. I had to fiddle a bit inside the MP because it requires power from a molex plug, but once set it worked fine until a couple of days ago. Then it stopped. The system recognizes it, but neither a flash pen nor an external drive show up in the finder when connected. Searching on the web it seems like a powering issue. I have not solved it yet, tomorrow I'll test the if there's power coming from the molex plug or not. Transfer speed did not impress me, however. I have a cheap raid0 two drives array that was not any faster than an e-sata drive.

Fabrizio D'Agnano
Rome, Italy
early 2008 MacPro, BM Intensity Pro, early 2008 iMac, 2011 MacBook Pro, FCP7, FCPX, OSX 10.8.3


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Dave Jenkins
Re: USB 3.0 PCIe cards for early 2008 Mac Pro.
on Oct 15, 2013 at 1:51:04 am

I came across some ideas from users and this was the unit they suggested.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/CalDigit/U3HOSTADPTR/

Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
MacPro 3.2GHz Quad Core - AJA Kona LHe+
FCS 3 OS X 10.7.4
FCP X, Logic Pro, Squeeze, Filemaker 10.8.3


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