Looking for a good USB 2.0 4+ port card for the Pro - any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by moose, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. moose macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2003
    Anyone had particularly good or bad experiences with a given brand? Its a little overwhelming how many there are out there, so just curious to see what people have and like.

  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    There was a thread on this mere days before you posted yours. The general consensus is that the only one that is specifically marketed for the Mac Pro (and one of the few PCI Express USB cards out there,) is the Sonnet Allegro Express USB 2.0. However, at $69.99 plus shipping, unless you plan on plugging in more than five very-high-bandwidth devices, (one for each of the Mac Pro's built-in ports,) you're better off getting a hub. They can be had for as cheap as $19.99, and will give you three more ports. (They use up one, so you're only really GAINING three.) If you plug your very-high-bandwidth devices into the Mac Pro's native ports, plus one into the hub, you can go ahead and plug slower things into the hub also (and if you're using one of the newer Aluminum slim-line Apple keyboards, it provides two high-speed USB ports, as well.)

    So, really, unless you're planning on running 8 hard drives, that all need to be accessed at full speed continuously, use a hub.

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