Why are PCI combo cards so expensive for the Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by barkmonster, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    The Only USB + Firewire + ATA133 Combo PCI Card for the Mac is the Sonnet Tempo Trio The best price I've found is about £149 including VAT!!!

    These 2 cards are functionally the same but cost WAY less!

    USB 2.0 + Firewire + ATA133 Combo PCI Card £39 including VAT

    USB 2.0 + Firewire + ATA133 + Serial ATA Combo PCI Card £59 including VAT

    Unfortunately you can't use them with a Mac :(

    I'm guessing the price gap is even greater in the US, just to really make a point, the Window version of the Tempo Trio is listed at $30 less than the Mac version on the sonnet website!
  2. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Short answer? Because it's for a mac. Therefore mac-only firmware. Plus a bit of profiteering....

    That card is expensive everywhere. Depends what you actually want. OWC (www.macsales.com) in the states do a mac-compatible PCI card that has 3xUSB2 and 2xFW400 for $29.95 (£15.50). If you want an ATA/133 card that'll be $74.99 (£39) and and SATA card is $57.99 (£30). Shipping would be about £15-20. So if you choose what you actually need it will probs come to a lot less than the very overpriced Sonnet card.

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