iMac USB 3.0?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Syke., May 2, 2010.

  1. Syke. macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
    I am thinking about buying a imac in the next couple months, and I was wondering if apple was going put in USB 3.0? What are the chances of it? I really need a computer that is capable of streaming video and can handle it. The mac pro is very suitable but I dont have that kind of money. So do you think it wil be released?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    Unlikely. More likely is Q1/Q2 2011. Intel still has to implement it into their architecture.

    Btw, what kind of videos do you stream, that you need more than 30MB/s (USB 2.0) or even 65MB/s (Firewire 800) or even 75MB/s (Gigabit Ethernet)?

    USB 3.0 might offer 175MB/s.
  3. fpsBeaTt Suspended


    Apr 18, 2010
    I have a gigabyte UD7 (intel X58 chipset) which has two USB 3.0 and two SATA 3.0 ports onboard. Intel has fully implemented it into their architecture:p Whether or not Apple decides to use a board which has it (say another reason to get the i7 iMac over the C2D) will determine whether it will; no more, no less.
  4. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    It's actually not in the Intel chipsets. But there is no reason why Apple can't add a controller like Gigabyte and many other companies have (I have a gigabyte board with usb3 and sata3 as well).
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    It has a separate NEC USB 3.0 controller for it...

    Intel ain't integrating it yet, next year sounds likely.
  6. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    what is all the fuss about this usb3.0 , if i want to connect a external harddrive i use firewire as its faster then usb2.0 ,on the mini i use firewire and on my zino i got esata which is faster then usb3.0 to connect external harddrive , but both esata and usb 3.0 are not really necessary for watching a film from the harddrive , firewire still does the job perfectly well

    the biggest drawback of usb is still how it works

    you move a file with your mouse to the external harddrive ... the usb port asks the processor ..."hey i have a file that should go from the internal to the external drive can you manage that for me " answer from the processor "sorry i just have some more important things to do come back tomorrow "

    so your usb3.0 might be faster then usb 2.0 but you rarely will get maximum speeds while with firewire you always get max speeds
    and esata is just faster then usb 3.0
  7. Syke. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
    I Stream HD Video with my xbox. I also do montage editing for the MLG Community. I would really like to buy Black Magics new Intensity Shuttle.
  8. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    If you want to edit uncompressed footage from a compressed source, than wait for it.

    And I can't see the advantage of the Intensity Shuttle, unless one connects a camera and does record live, as the recording format of many HD cameras is compressed anyway.

    For your intentions, USB 3.0 does not really seem necessary, but I might be wrong. FW800 will more than suffice your needs.
  9. aiqw9182 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    Not gonna happen until 2011 so just buy a Hauppauge HD PVR which you can record with in either 480i, 480p, 720p or 1080i.

    Mac compatible HD PVR software:
  10. Syke. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
    Thats what I currently have. But without a mac =(

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