Why are PCI combo cards so expensive for the Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by barkmonster, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. barkmonster macrumors 68020

    barkmonster

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    The Only USB + Firewire + ATA133 Combo PCI Card for the Mac is the Sonnet Tempo Trio The best price I've found is about £149 including VAT!!!

    These 2 cards are functionally the same but cost WAY less!

    USB 2.0 + Firewire + ATA133 Combo PCI Card £39 including VAT

    USB 2.0 + Firewire + ATA133 + Serial ATA Combo PCI Card £59 including VAT

    Unfortunately you can't use them with a Mac :(

    I'm guessing the price gap is even greater in the US, just to really make a point, the Window version of the Tempo Trio is listed at $30 less than the Mac version on the sonnet website!
     
  2. caveman_uk Guest

    caveman_uk

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    Short answer? Because it's for a mac. Therefore mac-only firmware. Plus a bit of profiteering....

    That card is expensive everywhere. Depends what you actually want. OWC (www.macsales.com) in the states do a mac-compatible PCI card that has 3xUSB2 and 2xFW400 for $29.95 (£15.50). If you want an ATA/133 card that'll be $74.99 (£39) and and SATA card is $57.99 (£30). Shipping would be about £15-20. So if you choose what you actually need it will probs come to a lot less than the very overpriced Sonnet card.
     

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