Sonnet 2-Port Allegro USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller Card

Sonnet 2-Port Allegro USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller Card


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Product Highlights

  • 2x External Ports
  • Supports up to 127 Devices
  • Supports Hot-plugging & Hot-swapping
  • Mac and Windows Compatibility

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The 2-Port Allegro USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller Card from Sonnet is based on the new USB 3.0 standard that offers up to 10 times 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 are capable of even faster transfers. You can install an Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe card into your computer to exploit the full performance potential of these fast drives.

The 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). The Allegro USB 3.0 card also supports hot-swappable storage connections.

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 10 times faster than USB 2.0 connections
Supports hot-swappable device connection - plug in and disconnect peripherals without shutting off your computer
Powered ports support bus-powered drives
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
Number of Ports 2x External
Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 5 Gbps
Chipset NEC
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot-swappable device connection
Device Support Up to 127
Peripherals Supported Mac OS X: USB 3.0 storage devices
Sonnet and Lexar USB 3.0 CompactFlash / SD readers
Windows: Industry standard USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1 Peripherals
Cables Supported USB 3.0 with standard-A male connector
USB 2.0 with standard-A male connector

*USB 3.0 devices need USB 3.0 cables to support transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s. You can use USB 2.0 cable between USB 3.0 & Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe devices but with data transfers limited to 480Mbps.

Standard Complies with open host controller interface, enhanced host controller interface and extensible host controller interface standards
Compatibility Mac: Mac Pro
supports only USB 3.0 storage devices and Sonnet and Lexar USB 3.0 CompactFlash / SD readers*
Mac OS version 10.6+
Mac OS X Lion compatible
PC: PC with PCI Express slots (PCI Express 2.0 slots recommended)
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP

*The Mac OS X driver for this card does not support USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices. iPod, iPhones, USB 3.0 hubs and non-storage devices are not supported.

Dimensions Not specified by the manufacturer
Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 5.4 x 1.3"
Sonnet 2-Port Allegro USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller Card
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