USB 3.0 on imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dilgit, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. dilgit macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    Has anyone here tried the CalDigit SuperSpeed ExpressCard for Laptops and connected through this device a USB 3.0 external HD that runs at usb 3.0 speed? They have released a mac USB 3.0 driver so this should work just fine and fast. Here's the ink:
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The only trouble is, the iMac has no ExpressCard ;)
  3. dilgit thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    I think it goes through the SD slot. The imac has a SD Slot near the DVD?
  4. WalcomTV macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2011
    NSW, Australia
  5. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    USB 3 not happening on an iMac until intel includes it in their chipset which won't happen until the end of 2011 at the earliest. Those are Intel's plans, and Apple won't add it themselves.
  6. Diesel-Benz macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Error: Try again in 18 months with the next iMac update. Zero chance of making USB3 work with anything but a MacPro or Apple adding USB3 to the lineup until 2012.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Read elsewhere that Intel will introduce USB 3.0 with Ivy Bridge, available in 2012.
  8. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    More than likely there will be Thunderbolt-->USB 3 cables eventually. There is technically no reason why such a device/cable couldn't exist (and it will exist eventually, IMO).
  9. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    It will happen but will probably be expensive.

    Thunderbolt will be expensive for the first year or two, until it goes mainstream on all intel chipsets and motherboards.

    Hard drive manufactures have always charged much more for FireWire because that majority of people wanting them are Mac users who already pay $1000+ for a computer. I don't know a single Windows user that has a FireWire hard drive.

    At least thunderbolt is an intel thing so it will get cheaper, one day.
  10. Detosx macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    Another route might be... You could remove the airport card and perhaps replace it with a Mini PCIE USB 3.0 card (NEC chipset) and see if it runs in Windows under bootcamp. I haven't found anyone who has done this, though, so perhaps the slot doesn't have full functionality. I believe that unlike the 2009 model some people had problems with the 2010 model getting functionality other than airport out of that slot. If you do find anything in your searches, report back! Unless you are risk averse, I wouldn't want try it unless you have found other users who have had it running stably for some time.
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I've seen lots of Windows PCs with Firewire ports though. Copied off Macs... :(

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