Low cost PCI-X USB 2.0 Solution...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by handheldgames, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. handheldgames macrumors 6502a

    handheldgames

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    Hey All...

    Like most macpro owners, I'm short on USB ports and have been looking for a cost effective add-in solution that isn't hella over priced. After doing a bit of research, I think I found the item to get:

    Over at NewEgg, they have this card for $23 delivered:
    Rosewill 4+1 USB 2.0 Card
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    For comparison, here is the same card from Sonnet that sells for about $56.00 delivered:
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    The cards have nearly an identical layout and the same NEC chipset. I'm guessing this is the same part with the only difference being the purple PCB and a couple capacitors, which is not worth $30.00!

    I've ordered mine and thought I'd share! Anyone else out there know of any low cost solutions?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    Just get the Rosewill one; also it's called PCI Express, not PCI-X
     
  3. handheldgames thread starter macrumors 6502a

    handheldgames

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    Already ordered. Whoops... My bad... Would change the title if I could.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    It doesn't really matter; if you ordered you ordered; they are same though.
     
  5. handheldgames thread starter macrumors 6502a

    handheldgames

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    Just wanted to pass on an update.. The $23 card from new egg works great.
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  7. JustinBW macrumors member

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    Do you need to connect these cards to the power supply somehow?

    If so, are there card that do not require external power?

    Also did you have to download a driver or anything, it does not list Mac OS as supported on the newegg tech spec page.
     
  8. goMac macrumors 603

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    The answers are no, no, and most likely no. OS X has drivers for common USB chipsets.
     
  9. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    note if you have a new mac make sure you know if you have pci slots or pci e slots this only fits pci e slots
     
  10. handheldgames thread starter macrumors 6502a

    handheldgames

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    The card draws the power from the PCI Express bus. It has an additional power connector on it if you needed it for some reason.

    The driver is built into OS X. Just plug it in and it works. I took the risk knowing it may not work, turned out to be exactly what I needed.

    Should work fine in any MacPro.




     

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