USB 3.0 for MacPro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by CIA, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. CIA macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    Now that there is some form of USB 3 support on the new MBP, anyone heard of any progress on the PCIe USB 3 card front? The cards out now seem expensive, buggy, and require drivers. I'd like to see the ability to use generic PCIe cards that are cheaper and plug n play with support built into the OS.
    Hoping it's not a machine specific driver. Maybe 10.8?
  2. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    I've had caldigit and highpoint and drivers have worked right through. No issues whatsoever even on mountain Lion builds. Not as fats as native but way better than usb 2.0.
  3. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Doen't it depend on how many lanes the card uses? 1xPCI will be pretty slow.
  4. cohen777 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2009
    Lakeland, FL
    I use a USB 3.0 card (Sonnett Allegro) and it works fine. I had a Lacie USB 3.0 card and it burned out.
  5. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    we've had usb3 drivers for a year afaik. from lacie.

    it's still enough for usb3. PCI is way faster then usb.

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