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Report on Low-Cost Vantec USB 3.0 PCI-e Card (Mac Pro 5,1, macOS 10.13)   [= Skip =]
"USB 3.0 card success with Mac Pro 5,1
I got the itch to visit my local MicroCenter and found a Vantec 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI-E card for $23.

It came with the SATA power to molex adapter. Since I don't have a 4th drive in my Mac Pro it was convenient to hook this card up with that power port. (Were you already using the 2nd Optical Drive bay?) I had to break off one of the tabs on the SATA power connector, but it fit nicely.

MacOS 10.13 beta build 17B46a recognizes the card fine, and I have an older Hitachi Touro 4TB USB 3 drive hooked up to it for time machine backups. I get 158MB/s write and 160MB/s read off that drive and the USB 3.0 card.

I can't speak to how reliable it will be but I was certainly surprised with the ease and performance of the card.
Cheers, John W."

Thanks John. Let me know if you update High Sierra (to non-beta) without any issues.
(A reader asked if the Mac Pro would sleep with a USB device connected to this card.)

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Recent Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:   [= Skip =]
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Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)
Previous News Archive Summary:
    November 6th to 10th, 2017 News Archive
  • Apple's APFS in depth (video presentation)
  • 10 Common Things That Put Your Mac At Risk
  • Apple Inc.'s Mac Business Gets Its Groove Back
  • A Quick Look at Parallels Desktop 13 VM Software
  • Can APFS be used with Time Machine, Boot Camp, and File Vault?
  • iOS 11.1.1 release notes (fix autocorrect bug and siri problem)
  • Apple opens Everyone Can Code initiative to students around the world
  • Rumor: Apple Ramping Up Work on AR Headset (with "rOS") to Succeed iPhone
  • Clips introduces Selfie Scenes for immersive, 360-degree selfies on iPhone X
  • Apple Clips iOS app v 2.0 for iOS 11.1 or later (long list of changes)
  • YouTube iOS App v12.44 (Support for iPhone X, 'pinch to zoom' in fullscreen)
  • Infuse Video Player v5.6 update for Apple TV and iOS
  • Pandora iOS App v1711.1 (bug fixes)
  • Intel to Create 8th Gen CPUs with Radeon Graphics w/HBM2 using EMIB
  • Rivals AMD, Intel partner to take on Nvidia
  • Chrome 62.0.3202.89 stable channel update
  • Sony STR-ZA3100ES AVR firmware update (add Dolby Vision pass through)
  • D/L v04.70.07 Update for 2017 LG OLED TV B7P, C7P, E7P, G7P, W7P models
  • Oppo 203/205 4K UHD Player Beta Firmware Update
  • Apple Support Article Updates:
    - About the security content of iOS 11.1.1
    - About the Super Retina display on your iPhone X
    - How to Use Animoji on your iPhone X
    - How to Use emoji on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    - How to Use AirPlay or Screen Mirroring on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    - How to Use and customize Control Center on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    - How to Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    - Get help with Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

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