Need a USB 3.0 PCI card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by oweng, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. oweng macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012

    Can anyone advise me on a USB3.0 card for my 2009 Mac Pro (pref 4 port).

    I have a mixture of various drives so it would need to be able to read them all as I've heard some cards will only read data from certain manufacturers.

  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    There are numerous threads about that. No need to reiterate what's been stated there.
  3. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    CalDigit has two different cards, one is a pure 2-port USB3 card, the other one is USB3 and eSATA 6G card. They both work great.

    Lacie and Sonnet have their USB3 card too but only support lion at this moment and limit the driver to recognize their own devices. Sonnet's card can see different devices too but not yet support mountain lion yet.

    your best bet is still caldigit's one.
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    I have and love the Caldigit FASTA-6GU3.
    You can connect and mount a drive via eSATA or USB 3.0 with the system running (no reboot necessary), and you can boot your system from a drive attached through the card as well.
  5. oweng thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012
  6. zebradog macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012

    Does anyone know if any of the aforementioned cards would work with an imaging device (e.g. DSLR or Kinect)? We tried CalDigit's USB3 card to no avail (we contacted support and they specifically said it doesn't support imaging devices).
  7. SteelBlueTJ macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2012
    Will the caldigit ones work with ML yet as of Sept 13? I heard most PCIe USB 3.0 cards still wont work with ML.
  8. matthewtoney macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    They have a new driver on their site now - works fine in 10.8
  9. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2011
    +1 on the Caldigit USB 3 card. Works great for me in 10.8. Really fast!
  10. texem macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    not really

    it works but ... if you connect an external HDD via USB3 and the Mac is going into into sleep mode.

    What happens shortly after system wakes ?

    I get the "device improperly dismounted error".

    Thats crap (unfortunately)
  11. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2011
    Caldigit claims it is the nature of PCI-E USB 3 cards, at least for them. I use it for an external SSD dock, so I just ignore the error and reseat the drive. As long as I get these sustained write speeds for HD video, I'm happy. It is sort of a PITA though, actually just a nuisance, but keeping a Mac Pro updated is full of headaches no matter what.

    You do have the option of changing your energy saver settings to prevent it though.
  12. texem macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    Lacie released a new driver package as well. Is it the same problem with their PCI-Express card ?

    Anyone ?


Share This Page