USB 3.0 card for Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Mac Hammer Fan, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502a

    Mac Hammer Fan

    Jul 13, 2004
    Can someone recommend me a stable and reliable USB 3.0 PCI-e card for my Mac Pro (Westmere)? It should be compatible with 10.6.8, 10.7.5 and 10.8.3.
    There are already two cables from my Radeon 5870 connected to the motherboard, therefore there is no place for a power cable.

  2. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2011
    I have the CalDigit and it works well at high speeds. However, I do get the common error when waking from sleep. Tech support there is pretty good, but ultimately said I'd have to live with it. I do and haven't even checked in months to see if there's a fix yet. That isn't too much of trouble to deal with at all. I also have the dual High Point card but they were awfully slow updating 10.8 drivers, assuming they have yet. I pulled the card from my MP. Some have said a generic driver works on it. Lots of info here:
  3. Mac Hammer Fan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mac Hammer Fan

    Jul 13, 2004
  4. Dadoctorisin macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2014
    I use the Inatek KT-4004 PCIe card...but in snow leopard you require drivers.

    This worked miracles for me:

    1 - You go to the site (The site is also a great reference)

    2 - You make an account (Essential but not particularly problematic)

    3 - You then go to the downloads, to downloads index

    4 - Find the appropriate Multibeast for your operating system

    5 - Download the Multibeast that best fits your system in this case -
    MultiBeast Snow Leopard 3.10.1

    6 - it is a small file - 22 mb total (in ZIP format)

    7 - Unzip and open the installer Multibeast 3.10.1.pkg

    8 - Click continue and agree to the licensing (Free)

    9 - Go down the install options to:
    - Drivers and Bootloaders
    - Kexts and Enablers
    - Miscellaneous
    - USB 3.0 - NEC/Renesas

    10 - Install that driver and restart your machine…you are now good to go.
  5. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    Yes, I can recommend the Caldigit FASTA 6GU3 Pro too, all SATA/eSATA ports are bootable. USB of course not.

    Note that according to Caldigit only the old FASTA 6GU3 card (without 'Pro') is compatible with OS X 10.6.8. However, eSATA works always on the FASTA 6GU3 Pro, even with OS X 10.6.8. USB 3.0 maybe.
  6. FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    Why bother with drivers. What is wrong with using a native USB3.0 supported usb3.0 controller and no external source requires
  7. GOR4N macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2015
    I have some very nice experience with Orico PME-4UI USB3.0 PCIe controller. It works out of the box using Apple native drivers so nothing extra is needed.

    check it here
  8. waimtrp macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2008
  9. filmak macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2012
    between earth and heaven
    I agree, Caldigit FASTA 6GU3 Pro, installed in my 3,1, is really good.
  10. Macdctr macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    I have to agree. The Orico card works well in the MacPro. I recently got one and have absolutely no issues in mine.
  11. MrAverigeUser, Dec 20, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016

    MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2015

    I confirm that the Inateck KT-4004 pci-card works fine - I am using it under OSX 10.8.5 without problems.
    BTW Inateck supports the UASP protocol - they claim that this realizes even up,to 60% more transfer speed than the max of the standard USB 3.0'protocol which would be limited at 5 GB/sec !
    So - if I understand correctly this means a max of up to 8 GB/ sec!

    Not bad - although 5 GB/sec is surely enough for most of MacPro users...
  12. dimobr macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2016
    The additional supply via molex is required or can I use without problems powered only by PCIe? I will use only pen drives and external hard drives.
  13. scott.n macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2010
    The KT4004 is exclusively powered by PCIe. There is no additional power supply option for that model.
  14. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    Sonnet Allegro Pro 3.0 if you want the best.
    It's the most compatible and fastest.
  15. dimobr macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2016
    Wow... I quoted the wrong message! :D

  16. GOR4N macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2015
    Yes you need extra power via molex
  17. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Another vote for the Caldigit FASTA 6GU3 Pro! Working flawless in my (now retired) cMP 3.1 and now my cMP 5.1. Higly recommended!

  18. Macdctr macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    I will be purchasing a Sonnet Allegro Pro (USB3-PRO-4PM-E) 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card very soon....

  19. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    Just got mine today. This card is awesome.
    Using two 64GB Kingston HyperX USB flash drives I was simultaneously transferring at 600MB/s (300MB/s from each stick) to an XP941 SSD and it didn't flinch!
  20. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    No, you aren't understanding correctly at all. You should read through the 1st post on this thread.

    Then read this post which is a complete review of the card in question.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 24, 2016 ---
    And here is the review I wrote for your card...
    --- Post Merged, Feb 24, 2016 ---
    All these questions have been answered MANY times. Please goto this thread and read post# 1.

    Here is the review for the card you're asking about.
  21. FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
  22. h9826790 macrumors G3


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
  23. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
  24. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2017

    Thank you Dadoctorisin! EXCELLENT SOLUTION, IT WORKED PERFECTLY (I only installed the USB3 drivers for Inatek KT4004 card to work on Snow Leopard, card works fine in OS Sierra).

    SOOOO... I know that POST was from like 2014.... and it's like 2017/2.... but the above solution worked perfectly for me! I ONLY INSTALLED THE USB3 DRIVERS, nothing else form the giant list of MultiBeast installer options and it worked perfectly with my KT4004 card from Inatek that I bought on Amazon way back in 2014. I only planned to use it on my Silver MacPro with the newest Mac OS Sierra, which that card works flawlessly with that Mac OS, but it does not work with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I was not planning on using the USB3 card with Snow Leopard, until the last Mac OS Sierra update killed my Apple Compressor version 3 working on the newest Mac OS, so I've been having to boot into Snow Leopard to use the old Compressor, problem is all my media is delivered to me on USB 3 hard drives! Long story, which I won't go into.... Anyway, I installed ONLY the USB 3 drivers from MultiBeast and voila! It's working, the USB3 card KT4004 is now working on Snow Leopard 10.6.8! YAY... no more unplug, replug multiple times to USB3 and USB2, no only USB3, which cuts my time in half when editing LITERALLY!

    I'm a Producer/Editor and recut all of a SONY Studios company, all of their shows for VOD and NetFlix streaming... a lot of work.

    It only took me about 6 months to find this. I didn't really need this, but it is definitely very, very helpful!

    I was having to work in Mac OS Sierra to do the edit, then reboot into Snow Leopard to compress files using Compressor v3. Now I can just stay in Snow Leopard (except the part where I design my Apple App's, which I must be in Sierra to do that.... Maybe I'll just boot up my other MacPro for App design?).


    And look for my Apps on the Apple App Store, Visit my website at:

    Robert Moore
    Silicon Beach Design Studios @

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