USB 3.0 and Mac Pro 5,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jzphoto, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. jzphoto macrumors newbie

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    I've tried a bunch of USB 3.0 cards and can't get any to work reliably. Below is a crash log that I believe was caused by a CalDigit USB 3.0 card.

    Does anyone have a USB 3.0 PCI card recomendation for this system? Mac Pro 5,1?

    Anonymous UUID: 01814D76-B477-2E71-018D-7DBD1B12DEE0

    Fri Aug 28 07:12:44 2015

    *** Panic Report ***
    panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff8010617cc2): Kernel trap at 0xffffff7f923a76cf, type 14=page fault, registers:
    CR0: 0x000000008001003b, CR2: 0xffffff826a07f00c, CR3: 0x00000000132fa000, CR4: 0x00000000000226e0
    RAX: 0xffffff826a07f000, RBX: 0xffffff805ef9db80, RCX: 0x0000000000000000, RDX: 0x0000000000000000
    RSP: 0xffffff826bafbdf8, RBP: 0xffffff826bafbe00, RSI: 0xffffff805ef9db80, RDI: 0xffffff8269f86a90
    R8: 0x0000000000001000, R9: 0x000000000000fc00, R10: 0xffffff8037b9b880, R11: 0x0000000000000000
    R12: 0xffffff826a057000, R13: 0xffffff80379e1980, R14: 0xffffff826a07eff0, R15: 0x000000000000000d
    RFL: 0x0000000000010287, RIP: 0xffffff7f923a76cf, CS: 0x0000000000000008, SS: 0x0000000000000010
    Fault CR2: 0xffffff826a07f00c, Error code: 0x0000000000000000, Fault CPU: 0x0

    Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address
    0xffffff826bafbaa0 : 0xffffff801052bda1
    0xffffff826bafbb20 : 0xffffff8010617cc2
    0xffffff826bafbce0 : 0xffffff8010634b73
    0xffffff826bafbd00 : 0xffffff7f923a76cf
    0xffffff826bafbe00 : 0xffffff7f923a2aed
    0xffffff826bafbeb0 : 0xffffff7f923a301e
    0xffffff826bafbef0 : 0xffffff8010ad617d
    0xffffff826bafbf40 : 0xffffff8010ad3fed
    0xffffff826bafbf80 : 0xffffff8010ad40e6
    0xffffff826bafbfb0 : 0xffffff80106125b7
    Kernel Extensions in backtrace:
    com.CalDigit.driver.CalDigitUSBxHCI(1.4.4a2)[1CB66721-2DD4-3B6C-BC35-B2E3EA4C4A23]@0xffffff7f92395000->0xffffff7f923b1fff
    dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOUSBFamily(720.4.4)[2A7D7E5E-EEDA-3BF7-B302-0727DCABA6F9]@0xffffff7f90e0d000
    dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(2.9)[D8F585E8-2EE9-3135-8E37-A034123FE45C]@0xffffff7f90d24000
     
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I've used Inateck and Orico USB 3 PCI-e cards in my Mac Pros. Both work out of the box without the need for any additional drivers or software to install. They work with the built-in drivers in OS X. Simple, easy, effective.
     
  3. jzphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried 2 versions of Inateck cards and USB 3.0 wasn't recognized. Customer service says mac not supported. Any reason Orico would work better? I'm willing to try.
     
  4. pastrychef macrumors 601

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  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    I am now using the Orico card PME-4U, which use the OSX native driver, zero issue so far. The only down side is this card require external power supply, and this model should come with a cable that fit inside your Mac Pro and able to get the power from one of the SATA port. There is another model from Orico with exactly the same circuit board / controller... but without the cable.

    If you pick the correct card from Inateck, it should work OOTB (same controller as the Orico card) and cable free (get power directly from the PCIe slot). However, it's very hard for me to get that one in Hong Kong. So I go for Orico which I can easily get from a local computer store with a reasonable price.
     
  6. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    When I used my Orico card, I never connected anything to the power connector and it worked fine. YMMV.
     
  7. tombb macrumors member

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    I have a MacPro 5,1 and have been using http://www.sonnettech.com/product/allegroprousb3pcie.html with good results.
     
  8. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Have a look at post#1 in this thread. Read/Look for the reviews for several of the cards, links will be found in that post.

    What is the state of USB 3.0 for Mac Pro?
     
  9. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    AFAIK, the 2 port Orico card can work without extra power supply, but not the 4 port card. I did try, but my 4 port card need the power to function properly. But again, may be some model work, I only own the PME-4U but not any other card.
     
  10. mathemabeat macrumors member

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    I'm using a HighPoint RocketU 1144C in my 4,1 and so far it has worked great. Pretty fast write speeds and amazing read speeds from USB3 devices.
     

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