recommend USB 3 PCI card for Mac Pro (it's not built in in this model)

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
williamio Contributing Member • Posts: 517
Re: recommend USB 3 PCI card for Mac Pro (it's not built in in this model)

I have been trying at least 3 major brand USB3 cards, here is my input

1. Lacie USB3 card - it can only support their own Lacie device, cannot recognize any non-Lacie devices. There is a way to hack it but not worthy to give it a try because their USB3 driver is not very well made to support other different U3 devices.

2. Sonnet USB3 card. The same driver from Lacie (or same group of people developed for both companies). Thus, whatever problem Lacie's driver has, sonnet' driver has too, plus their USB3 cannot support more than 2TB unit from my test and their software response time is very slot, for example, took them 4 months to support Mt. Lion and still buggy. Doesn't work with Lexar card reader well.

3. Caldigit USB3 card. The best card out of 3. Software driver is very stable and Lexar highly recommend their card. The card I am using is their FASTA-6GU3 card which has USB3 and eSATA 6G combine in one card so you can save one pcie slot (what a slot saver ).  This combo card is a little bit more expansive than Lacie and sonnet card but again it's a combination of SATA 6G and USB3.  you can obtain this card directly from cal digit online website

overall, i only suggest cal digit's card because of the stability.

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