New Mac Pro USB Hub recommendations

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  1. AppMann macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I am a graphic designer, I ordered my Mac Pro but wont be here till February. :( But I am looking for a USB Hub to keep my desk free of cables. I have two or three drives connected to the Hub.
    I have thinking off this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Anker®-7-Port...669&sr=1-2&keywords=Anker®+USB+3.0+7-Port+Hub

    But I am not fully sure will it be compatible with OS X Mavericks, any recommendations will be grateful.

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
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    I forgot I have the cinema display, with three extra ports, so do I really need the USB hub, would you think.
     
  6. Spinland macrumors 6502

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    The Apple Cinema Display is going to expand one of your nMP USB 3
    ports into three USB 2 ports. If you only have USB 2 drives to connect to it then that might be fine, but if you need USB 3 you won't want to go that route.

    ETA: besides, do you really want all your display USB ports taken up by drives? Personally I run a Cinema Display also, but those ports are already taken up by my wired keyboard, my Wacom tablet, and the small USB 2 hub I keep on my desk for quick thumb drive access and suchlike.
     
  7. AppMann thread starter macrumors member

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    I understand, see I don't want to take the risk off buying the one I all ready linked incase it does not work. At present I am using a Windows desktop, as I sold my iMac to purchase the Mac Pro. So I can't even test the Hub, if I had a Mac running 10.9 I would be buy it and try it. But at present I don't have one.
     
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    Read the first post
     
  11. AppMann thread starter macrumors member

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    Great :) so would you recommend it. I will be powering 2 drives( more in the future). Also when the Mac goes to sleep and then awakens again does the drives show or do u have to wait a minute or two.
     
  12. Rock Hound macrumors member

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    Yes, I received it yesterday. All drives seem to be staying mounted continuously. The system is very responsive - everything is lightning fast compared to my 2008 quad core Pro.

    The only strange thing is the video. Spanning does not function normally-I cannot spread an application window across 2 monitors. Also, there apparently is still no Displayport 1.2 support.
     
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    What configuration did you get.
     
  14. Rock Hound macrumors member

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    Stock 6-core. Turns out spanning issue is related to Mission Control - fixed.
     
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    Cool thanks for that. Just wondering what was the estimated shipping on your Mac Pro. I ordered mind the 19th, but had to cancel due to a problem with my card. Apple told me to reorder and my order was pushed back to February from January.
     
  18. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    I got this one because it looked most "Apple-like" and I've had good luck with Plugable stuff in the past. I don't have my nMP yet though so can't comment on how it actually works.
     
  19. Rock Hound macrumors member

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    Mine originally said ships Dec. 30. It actually shipped on the 23rd, and I received it on the 27th. Apple's estimated ship dates tend to be worst case scenario. If there are no significant problems on the assembly line, I suspect people will receive them much earlier than expected.
     
  20. Einz macrumors regular

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    Just make sure what ever hub you are getting has the "VIA VL812 Rev B2 Chipset and updated firmware v9081". Otherwise your nMP will only sees it as a USB 2 hub.
     
  21. AppMann thread starter macrumors member

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    So would this hub do the job.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B006TTA75Y

    The firmware is the same but the chipset is not is the the VIA VL812
     
  22. ChuckBlack macrumors member

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    In my opinion/experience you need to look at the power provided. If you want to charge and iPad, power a superdrive none of these will work, we'll ignore that for now. The hub the OP linked has 7 ports with a 3A power supply. USB 2.0 is .5A per port. So you'd need 3.5A of power to power all 7 ports at USB 2.0 specs. You'd need 6.3A power supply to power all ports at USB 3 specs. Granted, not everyone uses that much power all at once but you can see the shortfall. I may not plug 7 USB 3 SSD's into my hub at once but I want the option.

    The nicest hub linked so far in my opinion is the 4A model.

    http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Alum...8297166&sr=1-3&keywords=pluggable+usb+3.0+hub
     
  23. Teddymama macrumors newbie

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    In my opinion, the best choice tends to be a usb 3.0 hub with its own power adapter. As every mac user has known as a common sense, ipad charging absorb large volume of juice from the power supply. Generally average usb 3.0 bus-powered hub has no capability to power it, especially when added another devices on other ports. Every choice should based on this principle.
     
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