USB C Cards for Mac Pro 5,1/4,1

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  1. Jigga Beef macrumors regular

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    Hello I am hoping to add some USB C ports to my early 2009 4,1 / firmware updated 5,1 mac pro.

    I have a USB 3.0 card added to my last PCI slot current looking to swap that out.

    Ideally the new card will have 2 USB C ports and 2 USB 3.1 (Type A) ports as i use 2 of the ports in the back right now for the added speed.

    I could live with 1 USB-C Port though.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    Which OS you are running (or going to run) with the USB-C card?
     
  3. eksu macrumors regular

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    Are you looking for a card with display port alternate mode?
     
  4. zemaker macrumors regular

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    Is there a card that has one C and at least 2 USB 3 ports?
     
  5. Jigga Beef thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will be using High Seirra.

    I am not necessarily concerned with display alternate mode I have 2 decent video cards powering my 3 displays.
     
  6. Susurs macrumors 6502a

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    Interested in this as well. I would need at least 1x A, 1x C ports.
     
  7. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

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    The CalDigit FASTA 6GU3 Plus meets this requirement, and also includes 2 ESATA ports.

    I have this card in my 4,1 --> 5,1 and it works well.
     
  8. pierrox macrumors regular

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    CalDigit makes great stuff. I don't know why they removed the internal Sata on this card (previous version had it). I guess one could run an eSata cable back into the case to plug to an internal SSD with SATA III speed.
     
  9. TheIguana macrumors 6502a

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    I have seen that card come up in conversations before, I've noticed that it looks like it has a SATA power port on the end of it. Do you need to run power from the optical disk drive to get it to run or does it pull all the power it needs from the PCI bus?
     
  10. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

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    The card is powered through the PCIe bus, however some USB devices with greater electrical demands require their own external powering.
     
  11. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    I'm curious what you people are hooking up to the USB-C port.

    I've made mine useful only by buying a USB-C to Lightning cable, but obviously that was going out of my way.
     
  12. lowendlinux Contributor

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    My phone is USB -C

    *shrug*
     
  13. splifingate macrumors 6502

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    I'm hooked to an external 2.5 enclosure with a SATA v.3 drive for ad hoc 1:1 imaging/backup...
     
  14. Jigga Beef thread starter macrumors regular

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  15. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing currently. I bought the CalDigit card because I only had one available PCIe slot and I wanted USB3 in addition to eSATA, and this card seemed like a good fit. For the time being, the USB-C is just a bonus bit of future-proofing. :D
     
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    ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    That is a bus-powered card so it should work fine with anything that isn't super power hungry like charging an iPad or something like that. But if you want to hook up the optional supplemental power, it's a SATA connector.

    Unfortunately it uses the NEC chipset, which is not a great choice for Macs since the drivers are not built into MacOS. Personally I would have bought a card with an Apple-supported chip like Fresco Logic or Asmedia.
     
  18. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

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    From Sonnet's tech specs page for this product, under the Thunderbolt Compatibility section:

    "Supports USB 3 peripherals on a Mac or Windows PC when installed in a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion system"

    So it can be installed into a Thunderbolt expansion chassis, which would then connect to a Thunderbolt-compatible Mac (none of the cMP's are compatible -- 5,1 or lower), at which point a USB3 peripheral (such as an external hard drive) could be connected to the Allegro card.
     
  19. iGobbleoff macrumors regular

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    Has anyone tried an eGPU with this card? I have a Mantiz case with a Vega 56 on my 17” MBP now, but have picked up a 2009 (flashed to 5,1) to replace it.
     
  20. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

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    eGPU through USB3? If that's even possible, it's probably not a good idea for fast I/O between GPU and computer.

    Speaking of possibility, is there even such a thing as a PCIe expander chassis that has a USB interface?
     
  21. iGobbleoff macrumors regular

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    No, with usb-c/tb3 port on these cards?
     
  22. pullman macrumors 6502

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    Will any of the cards above work with Mac Pro 3,1 running El Cap/Sierra?
     
  23. spiteyourface macrumors newbie

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    I am specifically looking for a USB-C card with alternate display mode. It would ultimately be to run/display a 4k resolution cintiq. Are any of these cards appropriate?
     

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