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AndyDiamond

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Like a lot of people here I have been searching for a reliable USB 3 hub to use with a MacBook Pro Retina 15".

I found one today - StarTech 4 Port USB 3 hub:
http://ca.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/USB-3.0/Hubs/4-Port-Black-SuperSpeed-USB-3-Hub~ST4300USB3

Retails at $53 Canadian but I was able to get it from Amazon Canada for $43.
It is also qualified for OSX 10.8 according to StarTech's website which is more than can be said for the majority of hubs out there.

Granted its only 4 x ports - I'd prefer 7 like a lot of people - I can say its working.
I hooked up one USB3 drive (bus powered) and two USB2 drives (mains powered) plus an iLok dongle and all are recognised and working.

I did some quick drive speed tests using Blackmagic Speed Drive Test to see if there was any slow down in when the drives were plugged in to the hub.

Test Machine:
Mac Book Pro Retina 15" 2.7/16GB/768SSD

Drive speeds (approx)


Without USB 3 hub plugged in:
MBPr 768GB SSD read = 436MB/s, write = 448.5MB/s (internal)
LaCie 1TB USB2 read = 37MB/s, write = 39MB/s (mains powered)
Western Digital 3TB USB2 read = 30MB/s, write = 32MB/s (mains powered)
Western Digital MyPassport 2TB USB3 read = 99MB/s, write = 102MB/s (bus powered)

With USB 3 hub plugged in:
MBPr 768GB SSD read = 432MB/s, write = 450MB/s (internal)
LaCie 1TB USB2 read = 40MB/s, write = 42MB/s (mains powered)
Western Digital 3TB USB2 read = 32MB/s, write = 36MB/s (mains powered)
Western Digital MyPassport 2TB USB3 read = 95MB/s, write = 101MB/s (bus powered)

These are not totally scientific tests - just quick runs.
What it shows is that the hub does not slow down the USB3 drive connected and the USB2 drives are just fine. Obviously the WD MyPassport is not a top end fast USB3 drive but its a real world example.

Below are screen shots of the drive speeds when plugged into the hub (obviously MBPr is internal but just FYI) and not all tests were completed - that USB2 is SLOOOOOW!!!!
 

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AndyDiamond

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UPDATE: I have had a couple of devices not getting enough power to run using this hub so I'm still figuring out a few things with it.
These devices are bus powered only.
Even though the hub is powered externally there is not enough power for some devices it seems.
 
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Vuddha

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Like a lot of people here I have been searching for a reliable USB 3 hub to use with a MacBook Pro Retina 15".

I found one today - StarTech 4 Port USB 3 hub:
http://ca.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/USB-3.0/Hubs/4-Port-Black-SuperSpeed-USB-3-Hub~ST4300USB3

Retails at $53 Canadian but I was able to get it from Amazon Canada for $43.
It is also qualified for OSX 10.8 according to StarTech's website which is more than can be said for the majority of hubs out there.

Granted its only 4 x ports - I'd prefer 7 like a lot of people - I can say its working.
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;) I found TWO 7 Port that seams to also of been upgraded. They both use the new VIA VL812 Chipset And say that they are compatible with Mac. Check these out:

Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 7 Port Hub + 1 Charging Port
http://www.ianker.com/product/68UPHUB-B8U

AMAZON

http://www.amazon.com/Charging-Adap...UTF8&colid=2PGVKBAVITS1H&coliid=ICHMS9CNTZ9X2

4 1/2 Stars with 123 customer reviews

and

Plugable USB3-HUB7-81X Seven-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Four-Amp Power Adapter (VIA chipset)
http://plugable.com/products/usb3-hub7-81x

AMAZON

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=B008ZGKWQI&linkCode=as2&tag=plugabltechno-20

5 Stars with 27 customer reviews

If anyone has either of these and has tested it let me know.

EDIT:

Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 model [Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 7 Port Hub + 1 Charging Port]
has the new VIA VL812 Chipset and is the only one, including the 4 port models, that tells about the update.


System Requirements
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Mac OS X
* Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 users may experience unstable connections due to microchip incompatibility. Where possible, we recommend upgrading your OS X to Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or later.
If you encounter other performance concerns, please contact our customer support with your operating system information. We can then provide guidance on how to upgrade your hub's microchip firmware.

Note
1. The charging port (5V 2A) is designed for charging your mobile devices only and will not support data transfers.
2. 2.4 GHz wireless devices, such as wireless keyboards and mouse adapters, may not work in close proximity to USB 3.0 devices or hubs. Connecting to a USB 2.0 port is recommended.
3. For maximum performance, connected devices should not exceed a combined current of 7A. Otherwise, output current may become unstable or disconnect entirely.
4. Some USB 3.0 devices require a direct connection to host USB 3.0 ports, including some USB 3.0 hard disks.
5. Please note that Apple now provides an official update for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers purchased in June 2012. This update improves USB 3.0 performance and compatibility and can be downloaded from the official Apple website as "MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0." Please contact our support team if you cannot locate this update.

I may be careful about purchasing one of the other products unless they have been upgraded and say what is is compatible with.
 
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