Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

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sjstremb
sjstremb Regular Member • Posts: 474
Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

Has anyone found a PCIe card for a Mac Pro that will add USB 3.0 yet that does not require a hacked driver to work?

I have a 2.8 GHz Quad Core Xeon running 10.8.2 system.

Thanks

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PowderMaggot Regular Member • Posts: 132
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

The current Mac Pro chipsets do not support USB 3, therefore it'll require a driver from someone.

Johanfoto Veteran Member • Posts: 3,269
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

Why a 'hacked' driver? LaCie sells a card and has an official driver for that card. No need to hack anything.

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sjstremb
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

It is my understanding the La ice card only works with LaCie drives, unless its a recent product.

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Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 10,092
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

There are other USB 3.0 cards for Mac Pros that do not have that vendor's "only for connecting our drives; not for connecting most USB 3.0 peripherals" limitation.  You may want to do a Forum search for previous discussions.

graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 4,849
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

USB 3 cards for Mac Pros should be approached with caution for now. I was looking at a Sonnet, which is usually a good brand, but the Sonnet USB 3 card gets horrible reviews on Amazon with lots of limitations and problems.

Some reports say OS X isn't letting USB 3 cards work with USB 3 hubs.

The CalDigit USB 3 cards on macsales.com seem to have good reviews, so when I take the plunge I might go that route.

CalDigit 2 Port USB 3.0 Host Adapter

CalDigit 2 Port USB 3.0 & eSATA 6Gb/s Host Adapter

williamio Contributing Member • Posts: 517
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

what usb 3.0 devices you will be using in MacPro?

sjstremb
sjstremb OP Regular Member • Posts: 474
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

card readers/camera,perhaps external hard drives.

I've looked at a number of cards and read some mixed reviews on them, I know we're getting closer to a true plug and play PCIe card, and I know its not supported yet, but I was wondering if anyone has found one that works for them.

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Dominique Provost Regular Member • Posts: 376
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

Any update ?

BlueJakester
BlueJakester Senior Member • Posts: 2,089
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

I didn't see it mentioned here, but does your Mac Pro have any Thunderbolt ports? There are hubs that connect to the Mac via Thunderbolt and provide USB 3 as well as other connections.

For example the Matrox DS1.

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Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro-update

Yes, updates, first of all currently there are no Mac Pro's that have been sold or made to this date with Thunderbolt ports on them and to my knowledge, no PCIe cards exsist that can be used in on.

I did find a USB 3.0 PCIe card that did work with my Mac Pro

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A14ZSL6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It cost me $125.00 and you must load the driver for it (included on a DVD with it) to get it to work, the instructions for loading the drivers are a little thin, but I was able to load them and it works great. Tried it with both a card reader and generic external HD. Install was very easy getting the hardware into the slot.

For general reference, my Mac Pro is one year old a Duo core running the current OS 10.8.4

Stan

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graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 4,849
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

BlueJakester wrote:

I didn't see it mentioned here, but does your Mac Pro have any Thunderbolt ports?

The only Mac Pro with Thunderbolt ports is the new round black one that isn't going to ship until later this year, and that will be Thunderbolt 2.

None of the big aluminum Mac Pros have Thunderbolt.

BlueJakester
BlueJakester Senior Member • Posts: 2,089
Re: Adding USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

graybalanced wrote:

BlueJakester wrote:

I didn't see it mentioned here, but does your Mac Pro have any Thunderbolt ports?

The only Mac Pro with Thunderbolt ports is the new round black one that isn't going to ship until later this year, and that will be Thunderbolt 2.

None of the big aluminum Mac Pros have Thunderbolt.

Wow, no wonder people have been complaining Apple has been slow to refresh the Mac Pro.

Thanks.

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