CalDigit FASTA-6GU3

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  1. TitouDoc macrumors member

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    Hi, I've bought this card for my macpro (as the Orico not working properly), everything is great in USB3.

    I don't have any eSATA for testing the eSATA ports, but I'm concerning about the kext.

    Is this normal that there is no kext for the IDE Controler ?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    Yes, that is completely normal.

    I have the same card in slot 3 and it looks the same, mais, pas en Français.
     
  3. GXPvince macrumors regular

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    I don't know if this will be relevant to you at all, but I have problems with the eSATA on that card. My G-SAFE (Raid 1 hard drive) drops off every once in a while, meaning the Mac Pro will not recognize it and sometimes will mess with booting, disabling my keyboard.
     
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    That's a bummer. I only have two remaining eSATA drives left, both older LaCie externals, and they still work great with eSATA to the CalDigit card. They're those kind with FW400, FW800, USB 2.0 and eSATA, so if the eSATA were to give me any trouble, I'd have to revert to the slower FW800.

    I got this card specifically because it doesn't require a reboot to see newly attached drives, like my older, cheap, $50 2-port eSATA card did. Every now and then, a drive will hesitate to show up on the desktop, but a quick power off and back up on the external drive brings it up. It's so much faster via eSATA that it's worth flipping the switch instead of going FW800.
     
  5. TitouDoc thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks wonderspark, you're the one that conviced me to buy this card... and I don't regret it !
     
  6. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    I just got a second one. Hope there are no problems running two of them, didn't install it yet.
     
  7. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    Is this card compatible with 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8?
    And aren't there any problems to put the computer to sleep?
     
  8. brand macrumors 601

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    Did you look on the manufactures website? They list the specifications there along with the supported operating systems.
     
  9. ibarnett macrumors regular

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    Received mine today.
    Previously had 2 different cards, the Caldigit USB3 plus a Stardom SJ-20 eSata.
    The stardom has a fan & was quite noisy.
    Now all working well with the Caldigit FASTA-6GU3, & quiet!
    :D
     
  10. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    Does this Caldigit card require to connect a power cable to the motherboard?
    I am also curious whether there are sleep problems on your Mac now.
     
  11. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    No, it doesn't use any power cables.

    I can't answer about sleep, because I don't sleep my system... I just shut it down when I don't need it. (The SSD boots the system so fast, it makes sleep seem pointless, and I don't need to experiment with conflicts with my RAID.)
     
  12. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

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    The CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 card installed in slot 3 or 4 in a Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) will only be in the PCIe ver. 1.0 slot. How will that affect USB3 performance?

    I already have cards in slot 1 and 2, but as I just got myself a Nikon D800, and a new USB3 card reader, I really need USB3 on my MP...
     
  13. ibarnett macrumors regular

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    Sleep still works, not affected in any way.
    Power cable not required.
     
  14. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    As I understand it, the card is x4 lane, but utilizes a PLX chip / switch that is only x1 lane. I've used all four ports on the card at once (2 USB3 and 2 eSATA) while doing data transfers, and it didn't seem to slow down, but I'll admit I wasn't benchmarking at the time. Perhaps each port gets a lane in such a case, or perhaps not, but I've personally only seen as much as 246MB/second when specifically speed testing an SSD that runs at 456MB/sec when connected to my Areca RAID card directly.

    Is the max 250MB/second on a single port? Maybe, but it does work perfectly, and is hot-pluggable. I've not personally tried a RAID of multiple ports at the same time, which would be interesting. Given PCI 1.0 is 250MB/sec per lane max, it may make no difference in slots 3 or 4 on a 3,1 Mac Pro.
     
  15. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!

    I guess it is worth a try. I need something faster to get my pics from the D800 to my Mac Pro, every NEF is 40-60MB, and every JPG is 20-30MB. Every shutter press is 50-100MB!
     
  16. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    When I put my computer to sleep and there is an USB 3 stick in the card, I get a message that the stick is not ejected properly. :(
    I hope this will be solved in an update.
     
  17. rjtiedeman macrumors regular

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    Cal digit fasts-6gu3 sleep issue

    I just installed one and I got the same not ejected properly message with a USB 3 drive attached. Other than that it works great. It's like having new external hard drives.
     
  18. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I ran this test using the FASTA-6GU3 to an OWC On-The-Go USB3 enclosure, with a Crucial M4 256GB SSD inside. It's a little faster than when running the same test through the Voyager Q dock, for some reason.
     

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  19. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I installed the CalDigit card, and attached to it a SanDisk USB3 card reader. All works, and it sees my SanDisk Extreme Pro cards, SDXCs and CompactFlashs.

    However, it feels really slow.

    When I tested the two types of cards with AJA, I got satisfying results, writes around 85MB/s and reads around 90MB/3, which is acceptable as the cards are "only" rated at 95-100MB/s. But when I am actually transferring Nikon D800 NEF images from the CompactFlash card to my Mac Pro it is much much slower.

    Does the type of files make a difference?

    /Bo
     

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