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    Jan 14, 2014
    Cool sonnet tango compatibility with 2008 mac pro running mavericks
    i'm trying to find a usb 3.0 pci express card that is compatible with a 2008 mac pro running mavericks.

    The Sonnet Tango seems like a safe bet.

    It seems to get good reviews for mac pros running mavericks. However, I want to be sure it's the right one for my 2008 computer, can anyone verify that it's the one or recommend another that would serve the same function and run on my computer? Or if there is one that is only USB 3.0? Firewire 800 is not a priority.


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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    The price is right, ($99.00) however, someone with more knowledge of whether or not your 2008 Mac Pro can utilize this card is going to have to chime in here. Off hand, I would say if you have an available PCIe slot, it should work according to the manufacturer.

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    iggibar's Avatar
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    Apr 20, 2009
    6.1 Mac Pro - 5.1 Mac Pro - 4.1 Mac Pro - 15" MBP - 13" MBP - 17" PB - PM G5 - Apple Watch 42mm
    I recall people having issues with this on Mac Pros 3.1 and older(issues with speed and failure to read/connect). What are you going to be using the USB 3.0 for?

    This is one that is known to work on your Mac Pro from Other World Computing:
    CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 : 2-port USB 3.0 & 2-port eSATA... in stock at OWC It has eSata and USB3.0, which I believe is more useful than firewire, but that's up to you.

    I bought their eSata card for my Mac Pro 4.1 and it works great.
    “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    And for what it is worth have purchased from this eBay seller, graphic and other cards, reliable and items work.

    4 Port Super Speed USB 3 0 PCIe Card for All Apple Mac Pro w OSX 10 6 8 10 9 | eBay
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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