USB 3.0 for an '08 MacPro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacKenzie999, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. MacKenzie999, Feb 2, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2002

    I have an early '08 MacPro, and I also have some USB 3.0 external drives. I know I can just use my regular old USB ports, but is there any way I can take advantage of the 3.0 speed? Some sort of adapter or card, or some other solution I'm unaware of?
    Not a huge deal, but I'm opening up my mac today anyway (something I don't do very often as it's located pretty inaccessibly) and was wondering if there are any good solutions for me.

    I'm pretty experienced with mac stuff but am not an engineer or anything like that, so be gentle…


    Edit: so I've been poking around and saw a bunch of PCI cards for adding this functionality to my mac. Here's a follow up question: ones that are specifically mac-compatible are way more expensive than ones that do not list OS X compatibility. Is this a case of it will work they just can't say it, or do I need to steer clear of these cards?
  2. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
  3. macrumors 68040


    Aug 6, 2007
    caldigit usb 3 card with their drivers work fine.

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