usb 2.0 pci card and fan

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by trevorreid, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. trevorreid macrumors newbie

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  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    1. That card wouldn't work in a Mac Pro because it's a 32-bit PCI card and not a PCI Express card (the slots are completely different). To answer your other question, a PCI Express USB card would operate no faster in a 16-lane slot than it would in the 4-lane slot. In fact, that's a total waste of a 16x slot that you could be using for a second graphics card or a hardware RAID card later on.

    What USB devices are connecting? You'll probably do just as well with a USB hub if you need more ports, unless some of those devices are hard drives (which really should be running in Firewire anyway).

    A card like this works with a Mac Pro.

    2. In my experience, the stock fans in the Mac Pro do a more than adequate job at keeping everything cool. Keeping a system cool is a lot more than just adding fans - the internal design of the enclosure and how it distributes the air is also very important.
     
  3. aibo macrumors 6502

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    chunk gave great answers. i was too lazy to type all that.
     
  4. trevorreid thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks very much...at the moment i have a wd drive thats usb 2.0 but i would love to make it firewire 800. its a 7200rpm 500g drive that im using for time machine. Can i just get a firewire 800 cable and plug it in or do i need to get a new drive? Can a 7200rpm drive take advantage of firewire 800?
     

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