Sonnet USB3-4PM-E Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

Sonnet USB3-4PM-E Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

Sonnet USB3-4PM-E Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

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  • Adds USB Connectivity
  • Dedicated Controller
$59.00
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The Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card from Sonnet is a PCI Express card equipped with four external SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, with a PCIe 2.0 bus interface that allows you to take advantage of your computer's fast expansion card slots. This card installs easily into any PCI Express slot that supports a full-height card, and works with all USB-IF compliant USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, peripherals.

Supports hot-pluggable and hot-swappable device connection-plug in and disconnect peripherals without shutting off your computer
Quick and easy installation into any available PCIe slot
USB attached SCSI protocol supported under OS X 10.8.5+ and Windows 8.1+
Optimized for Thunderbolt - Provides maximum performance over Thunderbolt
UPC: 732311009440
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Sonnet USB3-4PM-E Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sonnet USB3-4PM-E Specs

    Ports 4 x USB 3.0, external port
    Bus Interface 1 x PCI Express 2.0
    Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps
    USB Standard USB 3.0 Type-A, Male
    USB 2.0 Type-A, Male
    Peripherals Supported Industry standard USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 peripherals
    Bus Powered:
    HDs, SSDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray devices up to 2A per port
    Number of Devices Supported Up to 31
    System Requirements Mac Compatibility:
    Mac Pro (with card slots)
    OS X 10.8.5+
    OS X El Capitan
    PC Compatibility:
    PC desktop (with PCIe slots; PCIe 2.0 slots recommended)
    Windows 10
    Windows 8
    Windows 7
    Windows Server 2012
    Windows Server 2008
    Thunderbolt Compatibility:
    Any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port and a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Card Expansion System
    USB Charging USB Battery Charging 1.2 Compliant (up to 7.5 W per port)
    Compliance RoHS, OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface), EHCI (Enhanced Host Controller Interface), and xHCI (eXtensible Host Controller Interface)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.325 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.65 x 5.35 x 1.35"

    Sonnet USB3-4PM-E Reviews

    USB3-4PM-E Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 48.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Right Device for the Right Computer I originally bought a different USB3.0 card for my Mac. And it turned out that it only worked for PC. I admit it was my fault for not looking closer, but do companies really this stupid? So I did my research on the Sonnet card. They clearly state that it works with Mac. And I'm happy to report that it does!! You plug it into an open PCIe slot and that's it--no muss no fuss. The card performs well. I haven't done any scientific comparisons with USB 2.0, but it is very noticeably faster than USB2.0!!!
    Date published: 2016-01-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard dRIVE DISCONNECTS i READ OTHER REVIEWS THAT SAID THE HARD DRIVE DISCONNECTS RANDOMLY AND YES TO CONFIRM IT YES IT DOES SO I DONT EVEN CONNECT TO IT i JUST USE THE USB FOR MY APPLE KEYBOARD MY PROTOOLS ILOK AND NOVATION KEYBOARD, SO WITH THAT SAID THE USB PORTS AT 3.0 IN MY MAC ARE NOT GETTING USED ITH ANY HARD DRIVES BECAUSE OF THAT ISSUE, IF I DIDNT THROW AWAY THE PACKAGING I WOULD BRING IT BACK , SO I JUST USE THE BUILT IN PORTS ON MY MAC PRO WITH hIGH sIERRA FOR EXTERNAL DRIVES.. SO I GUESS IF YOU JUST NEED THE PORTS FOR THINGS OTHER THEN TRANSFERRING FILES IT MIGHT BE OKAY AS FAR AS USING AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE I WOULDN'T CHANCE IT AS IT KEEPS GIVING THE ERROR OF THE DISK NOT BEING PROPERLY EJECTED.
    Date published: 2018-01-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT Good with Mac Pro Plugged this in. The speed was nice but it caused the Mac Pro running Snow Leopard to lose Bluetooth connectivity and my mouse functionality was lost. My external Lacie quadra drives dismounted themselves everyday at least twice per day. Overall, after installing the card it made my system lock up and slightly unstable.
    Date published: 2014-10-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works - Needs External Power This little Sonnet does work well on my Mac Pro (2010). The only issue is that it doesn't have an external power connector. That being the case, if you connect any USB devices which aren't self powered, then they will be drawing 5V directly from the PCI bus through the card. When you run without external power the speeds are very sub-par and close to USB 2. I purchased an externally powered USB 3.0 hub and the speeds are blazing!
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waist your time with this card ! This card is not stable on a Mac Pro. The drive go offline and online randomly. It don't work with all drives and I got transfert error on some drives. For exemple, I got transfert error message on a G-Raid mini and no problem on a Lacie. Also, I think this card is in conflict with the bluetooht because my magic mouse is going offline and online randomly. Don't waist your time with this card on a Mac Pro !
    Date published: 2014-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works with O/S 10.11 El Capitan... Got the card to work under Yosemite but had issues. The new O/S release El Capitan fixed all the problems and the card is working beautifully alongwith another firewire 400 card on a mac 4.1 ((Early 2009) Mac Pro tower.
    Date published: 2015-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT UPGEADE FOR OLDER MAC PROS We purchased this Sonnet card to extend the life of a vintage 2008 Msc Pro (El Capitan) used for heavy video editing, particularly when used with the AJA PAK Dock. Being able to transfer 4:4:4 Pro Res files from the AJA PAK memory to the Mac via USB3 has reduced our transfer time by 83%, a great help when downloading a day's shooting that may run to 100GB or more. Installation was fast and easy - just make sure you are using the later OSx.
    Date published: 2015-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from +Fabulous addition to my Mac pro I 've enhanced my 2012 Mac Pro with this PCI card and it allow me speedy transfer between external drives & USB3 card readers . . lots faster than UBB2. It's not thunderbolt however, the pre coffee can mac pro apparently cannot support thunderbolt Easy install only on Mac Pro and I did not need to install nay drives - worked out of the box.
    Date published: 2015-11-16
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    question

    Will this work with a mac pro 2?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No, they don't offer pcie connections. you would have to buy another external piece that would accept it then connect to your Mac Pro via thunderbolt
    Answered by: MICHAEL W M.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Would this work on an Xserve 2,1?
    Asked by: Jeff N.
    not sure - sorry -the only problem I have it doesn't power every external usb 3.0 or 2.0 bus powered drive. media transfer stops half way through. I find that the new thunderbolt bus powered external drives with 3.0 connections do transfer media fine.
    Answered by: Anthony P.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    can any usb device be used for this card?
    Asked by: Steven
    I installed this card into my 2009 Mac Pro. I have connected external hard drives, video cameras (for file transfer), an Elgato video capture device, and various other devices to the USB3 ports. So far, every item has worked fine.
    Answered by: Andrew T.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Is this card compatible with PCIe x4 or x16?
    Asked by: Oscar S.
    It is comparable with x16 PCIe lane width
    Answered by: Robert C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    how much watt usage for this card?
    Asked by: Steven
    Up to 10W, depending on what you have plugged into the ports. Nothing plugged in and it would use very little.
    Answered by: Colin C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    What is the difference between the ($57) 4-Port USB 3.0 and the ($119) PRO 4-Port USB3.0 cards?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Each port has its own controller and doesnt share the bandwidth.
    Answered by: Lalith V.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Will this card work under Yosemite? on a Mac Pro 5,1 running Yosemite?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I've been running this card for months on the came config (Mac Pro 5,1) and it's awesome -- a great way to help extend the life of your Mac. Go to the company website and make sure you're running the latest firmware and drivers. If you're still using the stock ATI graphics card, consider replacing it with the EVGA Nvidia GTX-680 (Mac edition). -- I did. Also consider more RAM. I added 32 GB.
    Answered by: William E.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Do the four ports share a 5 Gb/s bandwidth, so the more devices you connect, the slower each runs? Or, does each port have a dedicated 5 Gb/s bandwidth?
    Asked by: John-Paul
    They do not share a 5 Gb/s bandwidth. Each port has a dedicated 5 Gb/s bandwidth.
    Answered by: Steven C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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