- Technical Specifications
Add SuperSpeed USB Connections to Your Mac Pro or Desktop PC
Your computer has USB 2.0 ports, and they’ve served you well. Talk about compatibility—keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, joysticks, digital cameras, flash drives—what couldn’t you plug in? Talk about performance—well, that’s where USB ports 2.0 are merely passable—they limit data transfer speeds to around 25–30 MB/s. For most peripherals, that’s perfectly adequate, but when you connect an external drive and expect great performance, that bottleneck is a problem—video editing, backing up, and other data-intensive activities suffer as a result. Enter Sonnet’s Allegro™ USB 3.0 PCIe, the bottleneck breaker! This Sonnet host controller is based on the new USB 3.0 standard that offers up to 10x the performance of the decade-old USB 2.0 interface. A single hard drive with a USB 3.0 interface is capable of transferring data at up to 125 MB/s, while SSDs (solid state drives) are capable of even faster transfers—install an Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe card into your computer to exploit the full performance potential of these fast drives.
Sonnet’s Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe features a PCIe 2.0 bus interface to take advantage of your computer’s fast expansion card slots. Each of this card’s ports supports bus-powered storage devices (devices that work without a separate power supply). This card supports hot-swappable storage connections. Install an Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe card into your computer to experience the super speed of USB 3.0 connectivity firsthand.
Simple way to add two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to a Mac Pro or desktop PC with PCI Express 2.0 slots
Transfers data up to 10x faster than over USB 2.0 connections
Supports hot-swappable device connection—plug in and disconnect peripherals without shutting off your computer
Install Sonnet’s Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe into your computer to exploit the full performance potential of the latest hard drives and SSDs with a USB 3.0 interface.
Mac Pro (with card slots)
Supports only USB 3.0 and 2.0 storage devices and media readers
OS X ® 10.6.8-10.9.5(5)
OS X Mavericks compatible(6)
PC (with PCI Express slots; PCI Express 2.0 slots recommended)
Specifications subject to change without notice.